Russia: 2 Israeli jets carried out airstrike in which Iranians were killed

After Syrian news outlets pointed the finger at Israel, the Russian military officials said that Israeli fighter jets carried out Monday morning’s airstrike on Syria’s T-4 airfield. Meanwhile, a war monitor confirmed that 14 people, including several Iranians, were killed in the attack that appears unrelated to the recent chemical attack in Syria.
Syria’s T-4 airfield (archive) Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit

The attack on the Syrian T-4 airfield near Homs early Monday morning resulted in the deaths of 14 people, including several Iranians, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Syrian state TV initially claimed that the airstrike was an Americana attack. However, Washington quickly denied the allegations.

According to reports, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons are not stored at the airbase, which is regularly used by the Iranians. After the American denial, news outlets affiliated with the Syrian government reported that Israel was behind the attack. While neither Syrian nor Israeli officials have commented on the reports, Russian military officials said Monday morning that two Israeli jets carried out the airstrike.

Hadashot news reported that a shipment of weapons from Iran that recently reached the base was likely the target of the attack.

The T-4 airbase was targeted by Israel in February after an Iranian drone that took off from the airfield infiltrated Israeli airspace. Syrian air defense forces fired dozens of anti-aircraft missiles at the Israeli warplanes that carried out the attack.

At the time, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit stated that Iran violated Israel’s sovereignty. “Iran is dragging the region to an adventure and it knows how this will end,” the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit added.

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