Syrian state media has released a statement saying that Israel has launched missile attacks against the T-4 airbase near the city of Homs in Western Syria , killing an army soldier and wounding two others.
Syria’s official SANA news agency quoted an anonymous military source as saying that the air defenses had “confronted” and “responded to an Israeli aggression on the T4 airport in Homs eastern countryside, destroying two of the missiles” that were targeting positions in southwestern Damascus at 03:22 am local time (0030 GMT) on Sunday.
The strike came just hours after Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel would not tolerate missile attacks on its territory and would “respond forcefully to any aggression against it.”
“Yesterday, two missiles were fired toward Israel from Syrian territory,” Netanyahu said. “One struck inside Syria and the other hit our territory on the Golan Heights. I held security consultations following the attack, and I ordered the IDF to take strong action, which it did, striking several targets.”
Iran has been moving its assets from areas repeatedly struck by Israel to locations closer to the border with Iraq, specifically the T4 Airbase strategically located between Homs and Palmyra.
Meanwhile, a car bomb went off near a bustling market and mosque in A’zaz near Aleppo, northwest of Syria, killing at least 17 people and wounded over 20 others on Sunday.
Four children were among those killed in the explosion in A’zaz, at the heart of a Turkish zone of influence in Aleppo province, said London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.