7 Iranians killed in alleged Israeli airstrike on Syrian base T-4

An Iranian news agency affiliated with the regime in Tehran claimed on Tuesday that seven Iranians were killed in the attack on Syria’s T-4 airbase. Russia and Syria have bluntly claimed that Israel was behind the attack.
Israeli fighter jet Photo Credit: Yissachar Ruas/TPS

Seven Iranians were killed on Sunday in an airstrike that has been attributed to Israel by Syria and Russia, Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency said on Tuesday, according to Reuters. The original number of Iranian fatalities in the attack was four.

Over 10 people were killed in the pre-dawn attack on the T-4 airbase near Homs. Israel has neither confirmed nor denied that it was behind the attack. However, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday evening that Israel takes preemptive action against anyone who attempts to harm it, apparently alluding to the reports.

"We have a clear and simple rule, and we always go by it – he who seeks to harm you, harm him first," Netanyahu said during a ceremony in Sderot. "Along the Gaza border, we don't let anyone touch us. We'll touch them. Our security in the present is crucial for our security in the future."

On Monday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Bahram Qassemi condemned the attack, which he called a “violation of Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity” by Israel. “In a situation where all field developments are unfolding in the interests of the legitimate government of Syria, such airstrikes by the Zionist regime are undoubtedly aimed at supporting the terrorist groups and diverting the world’s public opinion from the ongoing disaster in Gaza which has left tens of Palestinians dead and thousands of others injured so far,” he said, according to the ministry’s website.

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