The Syrian army said yesterday that rockets had struck several military bases in the Hama and Aleppo countryside in what it said was new “aggression” by its enemies, state television said.
In a news flash, state television said the missile attacks took place at 10:30pm (20:30 GMT).
“Syria is being exposed to a new aggression with some military bases in rural Hama and Aleppo hit with enemy rockets,” an army source was quoted as saying without elaborating.
Israel has previously hit Iranian-backed militia outposts in Syria, mainly targeting arms convoys of the Lebanese Hezbollah. Israel regards the group, which is fighting alongside President Bashar Al-Assad, as the biggest threat on its borders.
“We don’t comment on foreign reports and we have no information at this time,” Israel’s military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus, said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attack had targeted a warehouse for rockets and killed 26 people, mostly Iranians and Iraqis.
An opposition source said one of the locations hit was an army base known as Brigade 47 near Hama city, widely known as a recruitment centre for Iranian-backed Shia militias who fight alongside President Bashar Al-Assad’s forces.
An intelligence source who closely follows Syria said it appeared that multiple missile strikes hit several command centres for Iranian-backed militias and there were dozens of injuries and deaths.
The strikes hit weapons warehouses, and further explosions were heard, the source who requested anonymity said.
Reuters could not verify the authenticity of the allegations.
However, Iran’s Tasnim news agency denied the reports.
“All these reports over attack on an Iranian military base in Syria and the martyrdom of several Iranian military advisers in Syria are baseless,” an unnamed source told Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency.