Right now reporting is sketchy and confused. This is the synopsis: Sunday evening, Damascus time, several Syrian Army bases were struck by what appear to be airstrikes. There was a major explosion at a Syrian Army base near the city of Hama. Not only was the base a headquarters for a Syrian brigade but it was the base of operations for IRGC militia. Lebanese papers are saying that missiles were fired into the base. They don’t say by whom, but everyone knows what they are insinuating. How major? It registered at over 2 on the Richter Scale.
Here is some coverage.
Giant explosion in #Syria, measuring over 2 on the Richter scale, which local press are reporting as an Israeli air strike on the 47th military brigade compound in South #Hama, picked up on earth quake monitors in Lebanon and Turkey. Image from local press https://t.co/gAiBNFhSVK pic.twitter.com/xBmvADHDpw
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) April 29, 2018
— Danny Makki (@Dannymakkisyria) April 29, 2018
Explosions rock the the 47th Brigade in southern #Hama countryside. The initial information indicates an air strike by the #Israel-i warplanes targeted the site, which turned about a year ago to an #Iran-ian base.#Syria #USA #Russia #IDF #IRGC #Trump pic.twitter.com/SUNb8D8ubV
— Eva J. Koulouriotis – إيفا كولوريوتي (@evacool_) April 29, 2018
— Qalaat Al Mudiq (@QalaatAlMudiq) April 29, 2018
The report about using Jericho missiles is interesting. The Jericho is Israel’s Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile–the tweet, unsurprisingly, is wrong about one thing, the Jericho 1 is retired from service. This would be a huge escalation. I doubt that’s the case because if Israel had fired an IRBM missile defense radar across the region, particularly that aboard the Aegis-equipped surface combatants off Syria, would have lit up.
Regardless, this series of strikes seems to have made no attempt to differentiate between Syrians and Iranians. That is significant.