Israel air strike against Syria will not go unanswered: Iran's Velayati

Israel air strike against Syria will not go unanswered: Iran's Velayati

Velayati was quoted by the Arabic-language al-Mayadeen news channel as saying upon arrival in Damascus on Tuesday that the Israeli missile attack on the Syrian T4 airbase "will not remain unanswered".

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Iranian Supreme Leader's top aide for international affairs Ali Akbar Velayati cautioned that Israel should be waiting for a powerful response to its Sunday night airstrikes on the T4 airbase in the Syrian province of Homs.

Velayati was quoted by the Arabic-language al-Mayadeen news channel as saying upon arrival in Damascus on Tuesday that the Israeli missile attack on the Syrian T4 airbase "will not remain unanswered".

He also lauded the Syrian army for its "vital" victories against the terrorists in the Eastern Ghouta of Damascus.

Velayati is in Damascus at the invitation of the Syrian officials for the latest coordination in the fight against the terrorist groups.

Tehran declared on Monday that four of its military advisers have been martyred in Israel's overnight airstrikes on T4 airbase in Homs, although later reports said the number of the Iranian casualties stand at 7.

Two Israeli fighter jets attacked the Syrian army's T4 military base in Homs province from the Lebanese airspace on Sunday night, killing and wounding over a dozen militaries, including 7 Iranian military advisers.

The Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday that Israeli F-15 fighter jets targeted Syria’s airbase. The warplanes fired eight guided missiles, but Syrian air defense units shot down five before they could hit the airfield. Three of the missiles reached the Western part of the airfield.

The Israeli fighters did not enter Syrian airspace and launched the strikes while flying over Lebanon.

The Tel Aviv regime has launched sporadic attacks against various targets on Syrian soil over the past few years, in assaults slammed by Damascus as attempts to boost terrorist groups who have been suffering heavy defeats on the battlefield with President Bashar Assad forces.

The latest such attacks took place in mid-February when Israel bombed a Syrian Army facility in Central Syria. Damascus shot down at least one Israeli F-16 returning from the bombing raid.

The Syrian army has seized Israeli-made arms and military equipment from militants fighting pro-Damascus forces on numerous occasions ever since the war of militancy started in the country. Israel has also been providing medical treatment to the militants wounded in the Arab country.



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