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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Reports: ‘Violent Explosion’ Rocks Aleppo Base Amid Claims of Iranian Casualties

TEL AVIV — A “violent explosion” was heard in the southern section of Aleppo province in Syria in an area where Iranian forces were present, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Saturday.
The monitor, which is routinely cited by the news media, reported:
A violent explosion shook the southern sector of Aleppo, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that the explosion took place in an area where Iranian Forces were present along with the Afghani Brigade of Fatimiyyoun.
The organization said it did not known the cause of the reported explosion, including “whether it was caused by an explosion in depots of these forces, or if it was caused by an aerial targeting by warplanes for positions of the Iranian Forces and Fatimiyyoun Brigade.”  The monitor had no immediate information about casualties.
The Daily Mail further reported on possible Iranian military casualties:
Witnesses are said to have reported loud explosions, flames and casualties – with Iranian soldiers included among them.
The newspaper reported on unsubstantiated Arab media claims that Israeli jets carried out a raid in Aleppo.
The Israeli media here, largely citing Arab media outlets, published numerous reports of the purported explosion in Aleppo.
Haaretz cited Iranian reports about an explosion at a weapons depot:
An explosion occurred on Saturday night at a weapons depot in the Syrian city of Aleppo, Iranian media outlets reported. Al-Arabiya reported that the facility was used by Hezbollah and pro-Iranian militias.
Hezbollah-affiliated media outlets said the reports referred to a controlled explosion. READ MORE