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  ניסן 2, 5779 , 07/04/19

Report: Iran evacuates bases, weapons depots near Damascus

The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) says the anti-Hezbollah Lebanese daily Al-Modon newspaper reports that Iran has evacuated bases and weapons depots near Damascus International Airport for fear of Israeli attacks.

It explained the move was based on understandings with Russia and was aimed at preventing further attacks by Israel in the region. In accordance with these understandings, it added, Iran would be able to continue to send fighters, light military equipment, and logistical support via the Damascus airport, but that precision and long-range missiles, according to the assessment of sources cited in the report, would from now on be sent to Syria via Iraq or Lebanon.

Citing a source described as close to the Damascus airport administration, the report added that most of the Iranian missiles at the evacuated bases had been transferred to commands of the Syrian Army's Fourth Division in the Rif Dimashq Governorate, and that some of the equipment and ammunition were transferred to bases of the Syrian Army First Division as well as to the Al-Mezzeh Military Airport southwest of Damascus.

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