BFF-31 Israeli strikes in Syria kill 9 pro-regime fighters: monitor

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Israeli strikes in Syria kill 9 pro-regime fighters: monitor

BEIRUT, April 21, 2020 (BSS/AFP) – Israeli air strikes late Monday
in the area of the central Syrian city of Palmyra killed nine fighters
loyal to the Iran-backed Damascus regime, a war monitor said Tuesday.

Those who died in several missile strikes included three Syrians and
six foreigners of unknown nationalities, the Britain-based Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said.

Since the start of the civil war in 2011, Israel has carried out
hundreds of strikes in Syria targeting government troops as well as
allied Iranian forces and fighters from Lebanese militant group
Hezbollah.

Syrian state media had said that Syrian air defences late Monday
downed Israeli missiles over Palmyra in the central Homs province
before they could reach their targets.

Contacted by AFP, an Israeli army spokesperson declined to comment.

Israel has repeatedly vowed to impede any Iranian encroachment in
war-torn Syria across its border.

Monday’s attack came hours after Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad
Javad Zarif met President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus.

Last week, an Israeli drone targeted a Hezbollah car in Syria near
the Lebanese border, a source from the group said.

Late last month, Syrian air defences intercepted an Israeli missile
attack also targeting Homs province in the centre of the war torn
country.

The Observatory said the target was a military airport where
Iranian forces were present.

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