Israel Fires Missiles at Base Near Aleppo, Says Syrian State Media

Israel fired missiles at a military position near Aleppo, Syria, according to Syrian state-run media.

“The Israeli enemy on Sunday evening launched a missile attack on one of the Syrian Army military positions north of al-Nairab Airport, causing only material damage,” SANA said on Monday, quoting a military official.

SANA then continued, “The source added that the Israeli aggression comes in framework of the repeated desperate attempts to support terrorist groups in Daraa and Quneitra which are collapsing under the strikes of the Syrian Arab Army, which is continuing its military operations against terrorists’ positions.”

The U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said the alleged Israeli airstrikes killed nine people, including six Syrian nationals. The war monitor said that the area struck by Israel was a logistics site used by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard near the airport. The nationalities of the other three people killed are not known, the monitor said.

Israeli officials didn’t comment on the SANA report. Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Monday told Israeli media outlet Ynet that he had no knowledge of the alleged incident.

However, he stressed that Israel’s policy toward Iranian forces in Syria hasn’t changed.

“We will not allow Iranian entrenchment within Syria. We will not let them turn Syria into a kind of vanguard against the State of Israel. And we take action in accordance with our security interests,” Lieberman told Ynet.

Israel has struck targets in Syria that were believed to house Iranian forces. Iran supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad along with Lebanon’s Hezbollah, and both have deployed forces in Syria.

On Friday, July 13, Israel fired a Patriot missile at a drone that was coming from Syrian airspace. “A Patriot missile of the IDF’s (Israel Defense Forces) aerial defense system was launched toward a Syrian UAV flying over the demilitarized zone. The UAV was most likely intercepted,” the Israeli military said in a statement, Ynet reported.

And earlier this month, Israel reportedly attacked the Syrian T-4 military base, with Syrian state media claiming that Syrian forces shot down several missiles. But The Jerusalem Post reported that four to six rockets hit the T4 air base as well as the areas around the base.  Syrian opposition forces told the outlet that the air strikes on the base left nine dead.