Moments later, videos of an intense set of explosions, reportedly at a Syrian military base at Jabal al-Bukhut 47, some 10 miles south-east of Hama, began to pop on the social networks. One report cited a hostile strike that targeted an ammunition depots in the Hama area which is one of the depots used mostly by Iran.
"The arms depot of the 47th brigade of the Syrian army was attacked near Hama. Powerful explosions and major fire have occurred as a result," the source said.
BREAKING NEWS: RUSSIA CONFIRMS IT WILL RETALIATE BY FORCE -- MASSIVE EXPLOSION HITS IRANIAN BASE IN SYRIA
UPDATED 6:01 PM EDT - RUSSIA TO RETALIATE BY FORCE (SEE BOTTOM) -- at around 3:40 PM Eastern US time, an utterly MASSIVE explosion took place at an Iranian base inside Syria. The photo above was taken from 5 kilometers (about 3 MILES) away, and well-into the explosion which "seemed to linger." There are now widespread BUT UNCORROBORATED rumors Israel used a Tactical Nuclear Bomb against the Iranian base.
The explosion was so intense, it registered as an EARTHQUAKE with the The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), which is now reporting a Magnitude 2.6 earthquake at that site! (Link)
This is a very-fast-developing story. Updates within minutes. Check back. . .
Russia and Syria are reviewing radar recordings. CONFLICTING INFORMATION coming in. Some reports claim Israeli jets were in the air at the time of the attack. Other reports say that radar picked-up a total of NINE missiles coming from the south, south of As-Suwayda as shown on the map below:
Other reports claim missiles came fromt he direction of the US Base at Al-Tanf.
Russia confirms "the origin of the attacks will be attacked in retaliation . . . ."
Explosions reported at alleged Iranian militia base in northern Syria
Some speculate Israeli involvement, but Syrian state media says source of blast unclear; pro-rebel news outlet reports facility used to stage attacks on opposition forces
The base is located just south of Hama. The facility was said to house a weapons depot, which accounted for the size and intensity of the blast, which could be seen from kilomters away and reportedly registered one seismographs in the area.
Syrian state media reported that authorities were work to “determine the cause of the explosions.”
“We will maintain freedom of operation in all of Syria,” Liberman said, when asked about Russia equipping Syria with advanced systems.
Syrian army says 'enemy' rocket attacks strike at military bases
In a news flash, state television said the missile attacks took place at 10:30 p.m. local time. Earlier, state television said successive blasts were heard in rural Hama province and that authorities were investigating the cause.
"Syria is being exposed to a new aggression with some military bases in rural Hama and Aleppo hit with enemy rockets," an army source was quoted as saying without elaborating.
Reports from the Syrian opposition said 38 regime soldiers were killed and 57 were injured in the attack, citing media outlets with connections to the regime.
An opposition source said one of the locations hit was an army base known as Brigade 47 near Hama city, widely known as a recruitment center for Iranian-backed Shi'ite militias who fight alongside President Bashar Assad's forces.
Military targets in Hama & Aleppo, Syria hit by missiles
Powerful explosions have been heard in the countryside of Hama and Aleppo provinces, the Syrian state news agency reports. The state media says military bases there were hit by rockets launched by an unspecified enemy.
The alleged attacks were reported by Syria’s Sana news agency on Sunday evening. Citing a military source, it said that “a new aggression with hostile missiles” took place at around 10:30 pm local time, targeting military positions in the Hama and Aleppo villages.
A Syrian law enforcement source told RIA Novosti that the army’s munition depots were hit, in what was most likely an airstrike.
The source said one of the targeted military sites was a munition depot belonging to the Syrian Army's 47th Brigade. A fire at the depot broke out as a result of the attack, he said. Another target was reportedly a munition depot to the east of Aleppo, in northern Syria, located between the Al-Malikiayh and Al-Nayrab airport.
There have been unconfirmed reports of injuries and fatalities as a result of the reported strike. Sky News Arabia reported, citing rebel sources, that over 40 people might have been killed.
Videos posted online, allegedly from the scene of one of the strikes, show a massive explosion.
Syrian Media: ‘Enemy’ Rocket Attacks Hit Multiple Military Bases
Syria’s state-run news agency cited a “military source” claiming that a “new aggression targeted military positions in the countryside of Hama and Aleppo provinces with rockets at around 10:30 PM.”