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Iran set up new drone base in Palmyra following Israel's airstrikes: source

Special Reports | 2018-03-13 17:14:00
Iran set up new drone base in Palmyra following Israel's airstrikes: source
 (Zaman Al Wasl)- A well-informed source said Iran had removed its drones from the T-4 military airbase to Palmyra airbase two weeks after the Israeli airstrikes last February.

Geographically, the both bases are located in the Syrian desert, also known as Badiya, but the move by Iran's Air Force came as the key ally of Damascus believes that Palmyra base is more secure and protected.

An official in the Syrian Air Force told Zaman al-Wasl's source that Iran on February 25 had transferred the remaining equipment and personnel to Palmyra airfield after allocating a special place at the airport, which is operating by the L39 squadron.

Israel’s airstrikes on the Iranian drone base on Feb 10 killed seven Iranians, including pilots and experts as destroying 75% of base and military equipment, sources told Zaman al-Wasl.

The Israeli strikes in retaliation to its downed F-16 were very accurate and effective. The four launch-bases of the Iranian drones were completely destroyed, according to sources.

Three Syrian troops were also wounded in the attack.

Experts said the Russian were informed of the Israeli attack to a void any casualties. The Iranian target was just 400 meters far from the Russian base near T4 airfield.

Israel launched airstrikes after the regime army claimed shooting down an Israeli F-16 that crashed in northern Palestine, according to Reuters.

The Israeli military said the F-16 jet crashed during a mission to strike Iranian drone installations in Syria, where Iranian and Iran-backed militias have established a major foothold while fighting in support of Bashar al-Assad.

"Twelve targets, including three aerial defense batteries and four Iranian targets that are part of Iran's military establishment in Syria were attacked," the Israeli military said in a statement.

So far, Iran has used various types of its drones in Syria such as Ababil, Shahad, Karrar, and the most advanced drones as Fotros and Muhajir.

 The first Iranian in Syria was built at the beginning of 2012 in Beli military airport, southeast of Damascus.

Zaman Al Wasl
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