The attack came after telephone conversation on Sunday night between US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The White House explained that both leaders spoke about the threats they are planning in the Middle East, and in particular about the Iranian military expansion that destabilizes the region. Netanyahu had received a few hours earlier in Tel Aviv to the new US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, who was making his first visit to Saudi Arabia, Israel and Jordan.

In the two bases that have been targeted by the missiles, there are weapons depots, including rockets, under the control of the Revolutionary Guard of Iran, deployed in the Syrian conflict in support of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. The attacks presumably included the use of anti-bunker missiles, with high explosive penetration capacity, according to information in the Arab press collected by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. The Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center registered an earthquake of magnitude 2.6 in the area attacked in Hama.

Israel does not usually comment on military operations abroad. The Minister of Strategic Affairs, Israel Katz, told Army Radio on Monday that he was not aware of the facts. A missile attack on the T-4 base area – located in the central province of Homs and attributed by Moscow and Damascus to Israel – caused 14 dead on April 9, half of them members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.

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