On July 8, warplanes of the Israeli Air Force (IAF) carried out an airstrike on the Syrian T-4 airbase in the central governorate of Homs, according to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria.
The General Command of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) announced in an official statement that the Syrian Arab Air Defense Forces (SyAADF) engaged with the Israel warplanes and managed to damage one warplane and to shot down several air to surface missiles.
However, other Israel missiles managed to hit the airbase, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA). The state-run news agency added that the missiles caused material damage only.
The strategic T-4 airbase was hit several times before by the IAF. On April 9, 12 personnel of the Iranian military were killed when Israel warplanes bombed a center of Iranian forces inside the perimeter of the airbase.
The new Israeli airstrike is likely a response to an earlier statement by Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, the Iranian parliament speaker’s special adviser on international affairs, in which he said that Iranian military advisers will continue operating in Syria to counter the Israeli attempt to gain dominance in the region.