Is­rael strike kills 3 Syr­ian fight­ers

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Beirut, Lebanon - A mis­sile strike on a Syr­ian air­base that Da­m­as­cus blamed on Is­rael killed at least three Iran-backed mili­ti­a­men, a mon­i­tor said on Wed­nes­day.

Four mis­siles hit the T4 base in Homs prov­ince, north of the cap­i­tal, at around 10.00pm on Tues­day, state news agency SANA re­ported, blam­ing the at­tack on Is­rael.

It said the strike caused dam­age but no ca­su­al­ties.

But the Bri­tain-based Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights said at least three Iran-backed mili­ti­a­men were killed.

It said the strike dam­aged an Ira­nian arms de­pot, two mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles and a build­ing still un­der con­struc­tion.

Ob­ser­va­tory head Rami Ab­del Rah­man said the dead were all non-Syr­i­ans, adding that Is­rael was likely be­hind the at­tack.

He said both Ira­nian forces and Rus­sian mil­i­tary ad­vi­sors were sta­tioned at the base, which has been hit by Is­raeli forces in the past.

An Is­raeli army spokes­woman made no com­ment when con­tacted by AFP. The mis­sile strike adds to the grow­ing ten­sion in the Mid­dle East over the killing of Iran’s Qasem Soleimani in Bagh­dad on Jan­uary 3.

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