A little after Israel’s Chief Sephardic Rabbi, Yitzhak Yosef, had appealed for the assassination of Basshar al Assad on “humanitarian grounds”, an air attack took place in the centre of Syria.

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef is well known for his provocative comments. He represents just 5% of Israelis. He is the son of Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, one of the founders of Party Shas, which today is allied to Benjamin Netanyahu.

Between 00.25 and 00.53 GMT on Monday 9 April 2018, two F-15 airplanes belonging to the Israeli army made a strike on T4, the military airdrome at Tiyas. The attack was facilitated with the help of 8 tele-guided missiles from the Lebanese territory. Thus Syrian airspace was not penetrated.

According to our sources, these missiles have not struck at the base but several defensive positions in the surrounding areas. Cost in terms of human lives? 14 persons dead among which are several Guardians of the Iranian Revolution.

This attack was coordinated with an Isis operation in the province. It was immediately launched following the one on T4.

Anoosha Boralessa