An early-morning strike on a Syrian government air base in the country's centre killed 14 fighters, including Iranian forces allied to the regime, a monitoring group said today.
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Iran had lost "a significant asset" and maybe "even an entire system" in the strike, the report said.
On Monday, the U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura referenced the air base strike along with other recent events in Syria in a briefing to the Security Council, warning against a "situation of uncontrollable escalation". It said the attack left people dead and wounded. "Eventually, this deterioration may spill over beyond Syria and lead to Iranian and Hezbollah attempts to strike at Israeli and Jewish targets outside the region".
The Israeli military has been placed on high alert along the fraught northern border after Iran threatened retaliation for an airstrike on a Syrian airbase on Monday that killed seven of its countrymen.
According to Syrian State TV, the T-4 airbase in Homs in western Syria was battered by "several missiles" in an "attack likely done by the US" early on Monday. Jerusalem has not confirmed the charge.
Syria and Russian Federation on Monday accused Israel of bombing a Syrian regime airbase by using its warplanes. "Israel mitigates the risk of an Iranian response", he said.
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"Russia wants the USA out of Syria as soon as possible, so if we have a clash and Trump retreats, Putin scores twice", he added. There is no reason for this.
The agency said it was likely "an American aggression" but US officials say the United States had not launched airstrikes on Syria.
Syria and its allies Russian Federation and Iran deny the attack and have called for an investigation by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
"Smart rockets should be aimed at terrorists, rather than the legitimate government, which has for several years been fighting worldwide terrorism on its territory", Zakharova said in a Facebook post. Russian officials many times warned about impending provocations and staged chemical weapons attacks in Syria.
"Syria's enemies are angry because of its military advances against terrorist groups", Velayati said.
Jonathan Schanzer, the senior vice president at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, also predicted a looming "showdown" between Israel and Iran on Syrian soil, going so far as anticipating the Middle East's "worst war" in decades. The broadcaster also said the United States may have been behind the attack. "The possible theaters for doing so are Syria, Lebanon, or anywhere else around the globe, and Iran may employ its characteristic use of terror proxies". "We can not allow Iran to set up a permanent presence in Syria".