At least 12 Iranian personnel were killed and about 20 others were injured in an Israeli missile strike on Syria’s T4 Airbase early on April 9, according to pro-government sources aware of the situation.
Iran’s Fars news agency claims that only “two defenders of the shrine, Seyed Ammar Mousavi and Akbar Zavar Jannati” were killed in the air strike “carried out by the Zionist regime’s fighter jets.”
UPDATE: The number of casualties, according to Iranian media, has grown to 4 killed.
Furthermore, a military source in the T4 airbase informed SouthFront that Iranian forces had lost a major part of its assets, including equipment, which had been deployed in the area. No details on the type of the deployed equipment were provided.
According to the Syrian state-run news agency SANA, Syrian forces also suffered some casualties. However, the number of the casualties was not provided. At least one Syrian soldier was injured in the attack.
Following the attack, the Russian Defense Minsitry revealed in a statement that the strike had been conducted by two Israeli F-15 warplanes, which launched 8 missiles. Five missiles were shot down by Syrian forces, but three reached the western part of the airbase.
These three missiles allegedly targeted positions of Iranian forces deployed in these part of the base.
Another interesting issue is that some local sources reported an electromagnetic (EM) warfare attack on Syrian forces during the Israeli strike on the T4 airbase. The EM warfare attack named by them as one of the key reasons why three missiles were able to reach the airbase.