Syria's military posts targeted overnight: State media

Suspected Israeli missile strikes shook Syria on Sunday with enough force to register as an quake, as blasts targeted two Iran-linked military bases and left almost 30 pro-government fighters dead. "If they are Iranians, it will be added to the unfinished business they have with us, and then the month of May will be very volatile", he said on Army Radio.

In the April 9 attack, at least 14 soldiers, including seven Iranians, were killed in the strike on a military base in central Homs province.

After receiving Alaeddin Boroujerdi, chairman of the Committee of National Security and Foreign Policy in the Iranian Shura council, the president said that these attacks make the Syrians cling to their sovereignty and their right to build the future.

Syrian regime media late Sunday had denounced a "fresh aggression" following reported raids by "enemy missiles". The Sunday night strikes sparked speculation on who carried it out, with most reports suspecting Israel was behind it.

The Haaretz daily reported that Israel has made clear to Russian Federation and the US that it will strike back if Iran attempts to attack it from Syrian territory, and will return fire in Iran if Israeli population centers are hit.

Assuming Israel was behind the explosions, it shows Israel's willingness to confront Iran directly in Syria.

Israel regards the group, which is fighting alongside President Bashar al-Assad, as the biggest threat on its borders.

Whilst the United Kingdom domestic audience were kept fully informed of United Kingdom involvement in air attacks over Syria the involvement of the Israeli air force in even deadlier air raids went nearly unreported.

Ben Hubbard is a New York Times writer.

"We will keep our freedom of operation in all of Syria".

By backing Assad, Iran, with Russia's blessings, are of course ensuring that Syria does not fall to the Western, pro-Israel influence.

Moments later, videos of a massive set of explosions, reportedly at a Syrian military base at Jabal al-Bukhut 47, some 10 miles south-east of Hama, began to appear on social media.

Israel has also been blamed for the air attack in conflicting reports.

Israel has cited Iran's hostile rhetoric, support for anti-Israel militant groups and development of long-range missiles.

The semi-official Iranian news agency Tasnim said no Iranian base had been hit or Iranians killed.

The source said one of the targeted military sites was a munition depot belonging to the Syrian Army's 47th Brigade. Meanwhile, the Israeli military has promised to continue to target Hezbollah weapons convoys in Syria. However, he said that the counterattack would not take place before the May 6 election in Lebanon.

  • Joey Payne