Syria: eight pro-Iran fighters killed in Israeli strikes

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Beirut | At least eight foreign fighters attached to pro-Iranian militias were killed in night-time Israeli air raids on Syrian territory, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH) reported on Wednesday.

The nationalities of these fighters were not immediately known, according to the Observatory.

The night strikes targeted a position and an arms depot of Iranian forces and their Lebanese ally, the Hezbollah movement near Damascus, but also the position of a pro-Iran militia in the south of the country, according to the same. source.

The bombings, which took place shortly before midnight, occurred near the village of Rwihinah in the province of Qouneitra (south), and in the region of Jabal al-Manea in the province of Damascus, according to the official news agency. Sana.

Asked by AFP, the Israeli army declined to comment on this information.

According to the Sana agency, which quotes a Syrian military source, the Israeli bombardments did “only material damage”.

Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes and missile fire against Syria since the start of the civil war in 2011, targeting Iranian forces, forces of the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah as well as troops of the Syrian government.

The strikes overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday are the 36th Israeli incursion of the year into Syria, according to an OSDH count.

Already a week ago, Israeli warplanes struck Iranian targets in Syria, in what the IDF called a retaliatory attack after explosive devices were found along the border between it and the country. in war.

The Sana agency reported that these strikes killed three Syrian soldiers, while OSDH reported that seven foreign fighters allied with the Syrian power had also died.

The war in Syria has claimed more than 380,000 lives and displaced millions of people. It started in 2011 with the brutal crackdown on anti-government protests.

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