Possible Missile Strikes on Syrian Army Arms Depots Results in Fires – Source
DAMASCUS (Sputnik) – Several Syrian military bases have been struck by missiles in the Hama and Allepo provinces, according to a report by local television.
“The arms depot of the 47th brigade of the Syrian army was attacked near Hama. Powerful explosions and major fire have occurred as a result,” a source in Syria law enforcement told Sputnik.
The Syrian Sana news agency reported earlier that explosions had been heard near the cities of Hama and Aleppo.
According to the Surya TV channel, Syrian army positions have been attacked in a missile strike, conducted at approximately 19:30 GMT.
Earlier, state television reported that successive blasts were heard in the rural Hama province and that authorities were investigating the cause.
Israel might be responsible for the attack, according to a report by Haaretz.
Earlier Sunday, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman stated that Israel would continue to maintain that it had freedom of operation in Syria, cited by Haaretz.
“We have no intention to attack Russia or to interfere in domestic Syrian issues,” Lieberman said at an annual Jerusalem Post conference. “But if somebody thinks that it is possible to launch missiles or to attack Israel or even our aircraft, no doubt we will respond and we will respond very forcefully.”
Earlier this month, Israeli jets struck a Syrian air base, killing seven Iranian military advisers. Israel has warned it could hit Iranian bases in war-torn Syria should tensions with Tehran escalate, according to the Jerusalem Post.
Local residents in the Hama area told Reuters that the attacked bases were used by Iranian-backed forces.
Earlier in April, Russian military sources revealed that the Syrian Air Defense Forces (SADF) had received 40 Pantsir-S1 short-to-medium range air defense systems from the Russian Armed Forces. The Pantsir-S1 is designed to defend important installations and to provide cover for long-range air defense systems, for example S-300s.
Damascus and Moscow reached an agreement on the S-300 systems delivery in 2010. However, the contract was frozen because of a complicated political and security situation in the region. Then, Israel was one of the key critics of the deal.
Following the April 14 missile strike on Syria by the US, the UK and France, Russia officially declared that it had returned to an idea of S-300 delivery to Syria.