- Iran-Backed Fighters in Syria Killed by Israeli Strikes
by AP AFP, via https://www.arabnews.com/
* Hezbollah arms depot destroyed in attack, says Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
* Hezbollah is the only group in Lebanon not to have disarmed after the 1975-1990 civil war
DAMASCUS/NEW YORK: Israeli strikes targeting Syrian regime military positions and a weapons depot near Damascus killed three Iran-backed militia fighters, a Britain-based war monitor said on Thursday.
The strikes near the capital “destroyed a weapons depot likely used by the Lebanese Hezbollah militia,” among other Iran-backed groups, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. “It also killed three … Iran-backed militia fighters,” said the monitor. The observatory said it could not determine their nationalities but that they were all non-Syrians.
The official SANA news agency reported the raids but not the casualties, saying four soldiers were wounded in the attack. “At around 12:56 the Israeli enemy carried out aggression from the direction of Lebanon on some positions in the vicinity of Damascus,” SANA said, citing a military source. “Our air defenses intercepted the aggression and shot down” most of the missiles, the news outlet said, adding that “four soldiers were injured.” The strikes also caused “some material damage.”