Several different reports are circulating across the region, with some blaming the United States and United Kingdom, and others blaming Israel, for being behind the explosions on the military sites that were being used by the notorious Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
The explosions occurred late in the evening of Sunday 29th April. The military bases that were hit were in Aleppo and Hama. The “Brigade 47” base on the outskirts of Hama which is used by militias controlled by Iran was one of the targets.
Reports of the attacks were confirmed by the Syrian army, but it did not offer up further details other than location.
Western media reports suggest that there were at least 40 people who died as a result of the missile strikes.
Just hours before the strikes occurred, the Prime Minister of Israel, Benyamin Netanyahu, had met with the new US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Tel Aviv at the IDF headquarters. Later in the day, Prime Minister Netanyahu, spoke on the telephone to United States President Donald Trump. According to the White House, the two leaders spoke about the “challenges” and “threats” in the Middle East, especially those posed by the Iranian regime.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in the United Kingdom confirmed that most of the people killed in the missile attacks were fighters from abroad. Rami Abdel Rahman, the organisation’s director, said: “At least 26 fighters were killed, including four Syrians. The others are foreign fighters, a vast majority of them Iranians. Given the nature of the target, it is likely to have been an Israeli strike.”
Russia, the Syrian regime, Iran-backed Hezbollah and Iran have all accused Israel of being behind the attacks.
A few weeks ago, the United States led a missile attack on Syria targets after the despicable use of chemical weapons on civilians, including children. The United Kingdom and France participated in the attacks and the leaders of these countries explained that they felt they had no option but to act immediately to deter future attacks on civilians.
Iran’s presence in Syria has been deadly and the Iranian regime is prepared to go to any means to maintain its quest for regional hegemony. If Iran had not been involved, it is almost certain that the civil war there would have ended years ago.
Iran is not being challenged for its involvement in such crimes, hence it is continuing. President Trump often calls the regime out for its belligerence, but it makes very little difference.
The people of Iran have been calling on regime to stop its meddling abroad. The country is in a dire state economically and the people are bearing the brunt of it. They have specifically urged the regime to leave Syria.