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BEIRUT: Three pro-Iran fighters had been killed on Friday in Israeli strikes south of the Syrian capital, a struggle monitor mentioned, the second such assault this week.
Syrian state media reported injury from “Israeli” air strikes south of Damascus, however didn’t point out any casualties.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor mentioned “three members of pro-Iran teams, together with an Iranian and an Iraqi nationwide” had been killed in “Israeli air strikes,” including the toll was provisional.
Strikes hit a website belonging to Lebanon’s Hezbollah group on a highway resulting in the Sayyida Zeinab district, the Observatory mentioned, whereas a website beforehand vacated by pro-Iran teams on the highway to the worldwide airport was additionally focused.
Israel not often feedback on particular person strikes concentrating on Syria however has repeatedly mentioned it is not going to enable Iran, which backs President Bashar Assad’s authorities, to broaden its presence there.
“We don’t touch upon reviews within the overseas media,” the Israeli army mentioned after the most recent strikes.
Throughout greater than a decade of civil struggle in Syria, Israel has launched a whole bunch of strikes on the nation, primarily concentrating on Iran-backed forces in addition to Syrian military positions, however such assaults have intensified because the struggle between Israel and Hamas started on October 7.
Israel not often feedback on particular person strikes concentrating on Syria however has repeatedly mentioned it is not going to enable Iran, which backs President Bashar Assad’s authorities, to broaden its presence there.
Syrian state information company SANA, citing an unidentified army supply, mentioned that at round 4:20 am (0120 GMT), “the Israeli enemy carried out an air assault from the path of the occupied Syrian Golan, concentrating on various factors south of Damascus.”
Air protection techniques responded to the assault and downed among the missiles, it mentioned, reporting solely materials losses.
Israeli strikes in Syria earlier this week killed eight folks, together with pro-Iran fighters, the Observatory reported.
“Three Israeli missiles focused a base belonging to Hezbollah and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards within the Sayyida Zeinab district” on Monday, “killing a minimum of eight folks,” Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, mentioned on the time.
A earlier air strike in Sayyida Zeinab in late December, additionally blamed on Israel, killed a senior Iranian common.
And on January 20, a strike on Damascus’s Mazzeh neighborhood concentrating on the Revolutionary Guards’ Syria spy chief killed 13 folks, the Observatory had mentioned.
Since 2011, Syria has endured a bloody battle that has killed greater than 500,000 folks and displaced hundreds of thousands extra.
Iran says it solely deploys army advisers in Syria on the invitation of Damascus.
This week’s strikes in Syria got here as regional tensions soared after a drone assault Sunday that killed three US troopers at a base in Jordan close to the Syrian border.
The White Home has vowed to reply to the assault, which it has blamed on Iran-backed militants.