Israel reportedly carried out air strikes against the Syrian T-4 airbase and weapons depot used to store Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) weapons and equipment in the Syrian city of Homs on Sunday night.
An unnamed military source was quoted saying that Syrian regime air defences: “Responded to an Israeli aggression on the T-4 airport in Homs eastern countryside, destroying two of the missiles that targeted the airport”. He said that a weapons depot was hit and buildings were damaged.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that five people were killed in the airstrike on the T-4 base. Israel has attacked the T-4 base on a number of occasions.
The T-4 base is thought to be controlled by the IRGC and used as an operations centre and a hub for weapons supplies. In addition to the Syrian army, Iranian fighters and Hezbollah forces are also said to be stationed at the airbase.
It reportedly stores Iranian Shahab 1, Fajr 5 and Fateh 110 Iranian missiles as well as military aircraft and anti-aircraft missiles.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday: “While we do not make light of Iran’s threats, neither are we deterred by them because anyone who tries to hurt us will be hurt far worse. We have proven this many times in the history of our state”.
On Thursday, the Israel Defense Forces said its radar systems detected anti-aircraft fire from Syria, which initially appeared to be rockets heading toward Israel.