TASS– Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said on Monday Tehran will respond to the strikes against its facilities in Syria, according to the Al-Manar TV channel.
“Now for every your strike you will get retaliatory strikes,” Khamenei said. The Supreme Leader warned that “the era when after delivering strikes the adversary managed to avoid a response is over.”
The statement was a response to a missile strike on the positions of the Syrian army and armed units of Shia militias fighting alongside with Damascus. A Syrian military source earlier told the SANA news agency that the strikes were carried out overnight to Monday against the outskirts of Hama and Aleppo.
According to Sky News Arabiya TV, the strike destroyed a large depot with Iranian weapons 10 km to the west of Hama (220 km from Damascus). The report said there were deaths among the Syrian forces and Iranian military advisers.
A source in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps denied reports that 18 Iranian advisers were allegedly killed during the recent missile strike on Syria, the Mehr news agency reported.
A commander of pro-Iranian forces of Fatemiyoun Shia militias fighting alongside with the Syrian army said their base near Aleppo (360 km from Damascus) was not targeted by any strikes. According to him, the military facility is not damaged and there are no casualties among the personnel.
Lebanon’s daily Al-Akhbar blamed Israel for the recent missile strike on Syria warning about a quick and an inevitable response to this attack.