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'15 killed in Syria strike, including 8 Iranians'
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says number of casualties in attack on Iranian military facilities south of Damascus, which was attributed to Israel, rose to 15 people, eight of them Iranians; attack comes shortly after Trump announcement of US pullout from Iran nuclear deal.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Wednesday an attack on Iranian military facilities south of Damascus, attributed to Israel, had killed at least 15 people, including eight Iranians.

 

 

The reports of an Israeli attack on depots and rocket launchers in the Kisweh area late on Tuesday followed US President Donald Trump's announcement that he was pulling out of the Iranian nuclear deal.

 

"The number increased to at least 15, including at least eight Iranians, killed by the missile strikes," the British-based Observatory reported.

 

 (Photo: AP)
(Photo: AP)

 

On Tuesday, Syrian state media said that its air defenses had brought down two Israeli missiles, while a commander in the regional alliance backing Damascus said Israel had hit a Syrian army base without causing casualties.

 

The IDF declined to comment on the reports, which came shortly after it said it had identified "irregular activity" by Iranian forces in Syria and went onto high alert.

 

Iran is a major supporter of Syrian President Bashar Assad's military and has deployed Revolutionary Guards forces, along with Shi'ite militia groups from the region, including the Lebanese Hezbollah, to help him in the war.

 

Israel has repeatedly struck Iranian and Hezbollah targets in Syria, partly to stop any weapons transfers between them.

 

Iran said an April 9 attack in Syria killed seven of its military personnel and it would retaliate.

 


First published: 05.09.18, 13:06
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