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    Syria on Israeli Attack on T-4 Airbase: We Reserve Right to Defend Our Soil

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    The Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday that two Israeli F-15 fighter jets had conducted an attack against Syria's T-4 base, following reports by Syrian media that the facility had been subjected to a missile strike.

    The Syrian Foreign Ministry has sent a letter to the secretary-general of the United Nations regarding the recent Israeli air attack against the Syrian military base in Homs province from Lebanese airspace.

    "The Israeli attack constitutes an indirect response to the success of the Syrian Arab Army in eliminating armed terrorist groups from the Damascus suburbs and other Syrian areas. These groups helped to kill the Syrian people, abduct civilians and use them as human shields. Three thousand shells in just three months have led to the deaths of 155 citizens and wounded 865 civilians, mostly women and children," the ministry stated as quoted by SANA news agency.

    According to the ministry, Syria reserves the right "to defend its population, territory, and sovereignty by all available means, in line with the UN Charter and international law."

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    The ministry also warned Israel of serious repercussions for its attacks and the continuous support for armed terrorist organizations and the occupation of Arab territories, including Golan Heights.

    The statement also slams the US for its support for Israel's "dangerous, aggressive approach."

    "The Syrian Arab Republic again calls upon the Security Council to fulfill its responsibilities in the maintenance of international peace and security, to condemn this blatant Israeli aggression and to take resolute and immediate action to prevent the recurrence of such attacks.

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    Earlier in the day, Syria’s SANA news agency reported that a missile strike targeted Syria’s T-4 airbase in the east of Homs province. The Russian Defense Ministry said that the attack was carried out by two F-15 fighter jets of the Israeli Air Force firing missiles from Lebanese airspace.

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