Five Syrian soldiers among the 9 killed in Israeli air strikes, according to monitor

Five soldiers from Syria were killed by an Israeli attack near Damascus. It was the most deadly air raid of this year. A war monitor reported Wednesday.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, one ammunition depot was among those targeted. Also included were positions that are linked with Iran’s military presence within Syria.

Earlier a Syrian military source said that three other soldiers had been wounded and four of their Syrian soldiers were killed in an Israeli attack.

” The Israeli enemy launched an attack at dawn on several locations around Damascus,” a military source stated.

The investigation revealed that three soldiers had been injured, four were killed and three more sustained serious injuries. There was also material damage [was]. “

According to Reuters, the SANA news agency reported that the missiles were launched from Tiberias in Israel. Most were then shot down by Syrian air defences.

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An Israeli military spokesperson declined to comment to Reuters about the reported strike.

AFP notes that, while Israel rarely comments on individual strikes, it has acknowledged mounting hundreds since 2011.

According to The Associated Press the Israeli military claimed that the strike occurred hours after a drone from Israel crashed into the Syrian border.

The latest Israeli strike follows another near Damascus on April 14 that didn’t result in any casualties, according to SANA.

Since civil war broke out in Syria in 2011, Israel has carried out hundreds of air strikes inside the country, targeting government positions as well as allied Iran-backed forces and the Shiite militant group Hezbollah. The Israeli military has protected them in order to stop Iran, its arch-foe, from getting a foothold at its door.

The conflict in Syria started with the brutal repression of peaceful protests and escalated to pull in foreign powers and global jihadists. It has killed nearly 500,000 people.

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