Report: Israel Notified US Ahead of Syrian Airstrike
JNS.org – Israel reportedly informed the United States in advance of its airstrike in Syria early Monday morning, two American officials told NBC News.
While the Israel Defense Forces has not confirmed it was behind the airstrike, both Russia and Syria have blamed Israel for the military attack on the T-4 base in Homs province, which reportedly killed 14 people.
Notably, the Kremlin said that Israel did not notify Russia ahead of the airstrike on the Syrian base.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said that Israel did not notify Russia of the attack, calling Israel’s actions “a cause for concern.”
Following Russia’s full-scale entry into the Syria civil war in 2015, both countries set up a mechanism to coordinate military actions in the country in order to avoid accidentally trading fire.
Israel, which has purportedly carried out over 100 strikes inside of Syria since 2012, has mostly targeted suspected weapons’ convoys for the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah, a close ally of the Assad regime.
However, with Iran’s presence growing in the country in recent years, Israel has also begun to target Iranian infrastructure in the country. The T-4 base was most recently hit by Israel in February after an Iranian drone violated Israeli airspace after taking off from the base.