Iran vows response to Israeli airstrike on Syrian air base

Syrian soldiers gather on the outskirts of Douma as they continue their fierce offensive to retake the last opposition holdout in Eastern Ghouta

Syrian soldiers gather on the outskirts of Douma as they continue their fierce offensive to retake the last opposition holdout in Eastern Ghouta

Still, Israel's Foreign Ministry accused the Bashar al-Assad regime of committing "crimes against humanity" with a deadly chemical weapons attack on rebel-held Douma over the weekend.

Seven European army employees were killed on Monday at the strike about the Tiyas, or T4, air base near Homs, as stated by the Iranian news agency Tasnim. More than 1,000 Iranians have been killed in Syria, including senior members of the Guards.

Israel has not claimed it launched the attack on the T-4 Air Base, but Iran, Russia and the United States all have attributed the action to Israel.

Velayati, who is in Damascus to attend a conference on Palestine, said Iran would continue its support for the people and the government of Syria in the fight against their enemies, particularly the Israeli regime and its puppets in the Arab country.

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An Israeli military spokeswoman declined to comment. Rami Abdurrahman of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights identified the majority of the reported 14 casualties as either Iranians or fighters from local militias backed by Iran. He was initially reportedly described as being involved in the drone division of Iran's military, but Iran state-run media removed those references.

Israel's Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman made it clear that Iran's continued military expansion into Syria must be stopped. Syria, Russia and Iran have blamed Israel for the attack, which Tehran had initially said killed four military advisors.

This is the second time that Israel has attacked the same airbase.

Forces from regime allies Russian Federation and Iran, as well as fighters from the Tehran-backed Lebanese Hezbollah militia, are known to have a presence there, said Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman. Iran refused being the foundation of the drone. That incursion sparked a series of aerial clashes that resulted in the Iranian aircraft being shot down, an Israeli F-16I getting hit by Syrian anti-aircraft fire and crashing in a field, and a significant percentage of Syria's air defenses being destroyed in retaliation.

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