Israel Military on High Alert, Says Assad Will 'Disappear' if Iran Retaliates


Still, Israel's Foreign Ministry accused the Bashar al-Assad regime of committing "crimes against humanity" with a deadly chemical weapons attack on rebel-held Douma over the weekend.

Israel Defense Forces have been put on high alert as Iran threatens to retaliate for Monday's strike on a missile base near the Syrian city of Homs.

Israel has set red lines throughout the Syrian civil war, focused on preventing "game-changing" weapons from landing in Hezbollah's hands and a permanent Iranian military presence in Syria.

A Senior Iranian official has warned that Israel's missile attack on the Syrian T-4 airbase "will not remain without response", Lebanon's al-Mayaden television channel reported Tuesday afternoon. He said the outgrowth of spy poisonings in the United Kingdom, the chemical attack in Syria and a potential trade war between the USA and China are all "connected and have led to a very "sensitive" situation in Syria".

Media affiliated with Iran's Revolutionary Guard identified the four dead "advisers" as Mehdi Dehghan, Seyyed Ammar Mousavi, Akbar Javar-Jannati and Mehdi Lotfi-Niasar.

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Forces from regime allies Russian Federation and Iran, as well as fighters from the Tehran-backed Lebanese Hezbollah militia, are known to have a presence there, said Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman.

Damascus denied its forces had launched any chemical assault and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said such allegations were false and a provocation. At the time, Israel said that it had targeted Iranian militants allied with the Syrian army, accusing them of launching a UAV that violated its airspace.

Israel has a longstanding policy of refusing to comment on alleged military actions beyond the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The news agency also quoted Qasemi as saying that the reports of the gas attack "do not match facts". Israel has taken out several strikes from Syria previously, several directed toward stopping exactly what it states is now a military buildup by Iran and its regional ally, Hezbollah, and the Syrian-Israeli border.