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Israel in 'direct combat' with Iran after Syria raid: Hezbollah

AFP  |  Beirut 

Israel's strike on a Syrian airbase this week has put it in direct confrontation with regional foe Iran, the of Lebanon's Tehran-backed movement said today.

"The Israelis committed a historic mistake... and put themselves in direct combat with Iran," warned in a televised address.

Seven Iranian personnel were killed in Monday's early-morning strike on the T-4 air base in Syria, but had not specified which units the fighters belonged to.

On Friday, Nasrallah said the casualties were elite Iranian Revolutionary Guards, the first to be targeted by in Syria's long-running conflict.

"This is unprecedented in seven years: that directly targets Iran's Revolutionary Guard," Nasrallah said.

"This is a turning point for the region, and what came before is not what will come after," he warned.

is believed to have carried out numerous raids inside since 2013 but it rarely admits to them publicly.

It declined to comment on accusations by the and ally that Israeli forces were behind the T-4 strike.

Russian, Iranian and fighters have a presence at the base, according to the Britain-based for Human Rights.

The Observatory said a total of 14 fighters, including Iranians, died in the strike.

has said no Russians were killed in the attack.

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First Published: Sat, April 14 2018. 00:55 IST