Assad: hostile country went on to direct aggression against Syria

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that at least 26 people, mostly Iranian and Iraqi militia members, were killed.

The Syrian Army attributed "aggression" against its facilities in provinces of Hama (centre) and Aleppo (north) to "enemy", in a clear allusion to Israel.

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.

The reason given for the action was of course to respond to Syria's (still unproven) suspected chemical attack on Douma, where it is alleged 40 people were killed on the 7th of April in a rebel-held town in Eastern Ghouta.

Israel has repeatedly warned that it will not tolerate Iranian military presence in Syria.

According to experts, capacity of the Israeli strikes against Syria may be linked to the strengthening of Iran's positions and his loyal Lebanese Hezbollah as the defeat of the Syrian opposition.

Earlier this month, seven Iranian military personnel were killed in an airstrike on Syria's T4 air base, also in Homs.

The working assumption is that Israel hit storage areas where Iran kept heavy long-range rockets for future use against Israel.

Meanwhile, flight tracking data showed that a Syrian cargo flight from Tehran had landed at a military airport in the city of Hama on Sunday less than twenty-four hours before a powerful explosion rocked a Syrian military base there. And if Russia's veto of any intervention in Syria or the US's veto of any intervention in Israel continue to frustrate the wishes of a wider world then we need to reform and redraw its articles. Syria's about as complicated a foreign policy issue the United States has dealt with in decades, and you can be on any side of this argument, and be somewhat reasonable. The Russians seem to be stepping aside, for now, and not trying to interfere with Israeli attacks on Iranian positions in Iran.

"We remain deeply concerned about Iran's risky escalation of threats to Israel and the region and Iran's ambition to dominate the Middle East remains", Pompeo said after a almost two-hour meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

With Israel on the sidelines of Syria's civil war, where over 70 countries have bombed or contributed to bombing efforts, the cold feud going hot between Jerusalem and Tehran could erupt into a rocket and missile fight that could be one of the worst wars the Middle East has ever seen. At least 60 fighters were wounded and some also remain missing, according to reports. He added that regional leaders allied with Iran expected a retaliation against Israel for the strikes, likely following parliamentary elections in Lebanon slated for May 6.

Rasheed said that some of the exploding missiles in the arms depot struck parts of Hama, adding that residents in areas near the base fled their homes.

However, SANA state news agency reported continued intensive bombardment of al-Hajar al-Aswad, another area in the south Damascus pocket where Islamic State militants are based.

  • Tracy Klein