Last night, a new round of missile strikes hit positions of pro-government forces in Syria. According to pro-government sources, the strikes were carried out by the Israeli military and hit three targets:
- the 47th Brigade ammo depot east of the city of Hama;
- the Fire Fighters Center in the western Hama countryside;
- a military position around Aleppo Airport.
According to local sources, all these positions were belonging to Iranian-backed armed groups and the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Different sources say that 26-46 members of Iranian-backed forces and even Iranian servicemembers were killed in the attacks. The Iranian media rejects reports about casuatlies about Iranian personnel deployed in the country.
A major part of the casualties was reportedly caused by an explosions of the ammo depot in Hama:
On April 30 morning, the pro-Hezbollah Lebanese TV channel Al Mayadeen reported citing a commander in Liwa Fatemiyoun (an Iranian-backed group operating in Syria) that no missiles had hit Liwa Fatemiyoun positions near Aleppo Airport.
According to the Liwa Fatemiyoun commander, “the military facility is not damaged, there are no casualties among the personnel.”
The number of the fired missiles, according to Syrian sources:
- 7-8 missiles were used in the area of Hama;
- 5 missiles were used in the area of Aleppo.
There are also reprots about some surface-to-surface missiles fired from Jordan. However, these are unconfirmed rumors.
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) rejected to confirm that the Israeli military had been behind the last night missile strikes. This is a common media approach by the Israeli military.
Earlier in April, the IDF also rejected to confirm that its forces had carried out the April 9 missile strike on Syria’s T4 airbase. However, all the following activity of the IDF and Israeli leadership clearly showed that the strikes were carried out by Israel.
It’s important to note that the recent missile strikes took place amid important developments in eastern Idlib and southern Damascus:
- Thousands Of Government Supporters To Be Evacuated From al-Fu’ah and Kafriya In Eastern Idlib
- Opposition Militants In Southern Damascus Accept Evacuation Deal
Some pro-government experts and activists described the strikes as an attempt to undermine the reached evacuation deals.
On April 26, Israel Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman threatened Iranian forces and bases in Syria with new attacks and said that “the Iranian regime is in its final days and will soon collapse“.