Suspected Israeli airstrike hits central air base

Tayfur Airbase

Tayfur Airbase

State media said one Israeli jet was hit and others "repelled" as its armed forces responded to the attack last night on the Tiyas base near Palmyra.

"Our air defense systems thwarted an Israeli aggression and brought down a number of missiles that were targeting the T4 airport", it cited the military source as saying.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor, said the missiles targeted Iranian troops and non-Syrian pro-Iranian fighters.

On Sunday, Syria's official state television network SANA reported that the T-4 airbase near Homs had been struck with missiles attributed to the Israeli Air Force (IAF).

Iran immediately vowed revenge and Israel launched "Operation Chess" in an effort to thwart Iranian retaliation with a series of strikes on Iranian targets in Syria.

On 9 April, missiles targeted the T4 air base, killing as many as 14 fighters, including seven Iranians.

In May, there was an unprecedented escalation between Israel and Iran in Syria, with the Israeli army claiming it hit dozens of Iranian military targets across the border in response to what it said were rockets fired by Iranians at the occupied Golan Heights.

"The Zionist regime tries to gain dominance over Syria after Daesh, but resistance forces and military advisers from the Islamic Republic of Iran will continue their presence alongside Syria to counter terrorism, " he added. The Syrian government has on multiple occasions slammed the Israeli regimes aggression actions and also warned about the "dangerous repercussions" of Israeli assaults on its territories.

Prior to the strike on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu again demanded that Iran retreat from Syria, a position he will pursue when he meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin this week.

Syrian opposition forces told the outlet that the air strikes on the base left nine dead.

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