- Death Toll in Israeli Strikes Near Damascus Up To 23 Fighters — Monitor
by AFP, https://www.timesofisrael.com/
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says three Iranians, eight Syrians and 12 Tehran-backed operatives killed in air attack; no word from Israel.
BEIRUT, Lebanon — Air strikes killed 23 Syrian and foreign fighters in Syria Thursday, a monitor said. Syria has said the attacks were carried out by Israel. There was no confirmation from Israel.
Israel has in recent years carried out multiple strikes targeting the Iranian military presence on its doorstep. It has pledged to prevent its main enemy from entrenching itself militarily in Syria, where Tehran is backing President Bashar Assad’s government alongside Russia and Lebanese terror group Hezbollah.
The pre-dawn raids killed three Iranians and seven Tehran-backed foreign fighters near Kisweh south of the capital, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Eight Syrian air defense forces also lost their lives in both Mezzeh and Jisr Baghdad, west of the capital, the Britain-based war monitor said. Five Syrian members of a pro-Iran group were killed in the Ezra area in the southern province of Daraa.