Russia, Syria say Israel bombs Syrian military base

State news agency SANA said that there were'dead and wounded in the strike without giving exact casualty numbers

Israel most recently attacked Syria Sunday, pounding an airbase in Homs.

Israel has neither confirmed nor denied carrying out the attack.

Israel and Russian Federation have held routine coordination talks since Russian Federation started to send forces to fight along Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's army in the war-torn country.

On Monday morning, the airbase was attacked by two Israeli F-15 jets.

Iran's Tasnim News Agency reported Tuesday that seven Iranians were killed in the strike. They estimate just under 20,000 Shi'ite forces in Syria, though only 2,000 are believed to be Iranian, with the majority either Hezbollah militia, or from the various Shi'ite militias from Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

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A member of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's security cabinet and Israeli strategic affairs experts voiced doubt that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, embroiled in a protracted civil war, would risk direct conflict with Israel.

"The Iranians are determined to base themselves in Syria", he told the Army Radio station.

Though there has been some mention of the alleged Saturday chemical weapons attack in Douma, Israel has largely not focused on that as a justification for their attacks in Syria.

Amos Yadlin, a former Israeli military intelligence chief, wrote on Twitter that "the Iranians will probably respond to the strike attributed to Israel, even if not immediately". That strike came after Israel downed an Iranian drone that strayed into its territory.

The increase in regional tensions comes as President Trump has announced his intention to pull back US troops from Syria, a move some in Israel fear would leave it in a precarious position.

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