Fatal attack in Syria: According to activists, nine people are said to have died in an offensive by the Israeli military. Others are said to have been injured.
According to activists, nine pro-Iranian fighters were killed in an Israeli air strike in the western Syrian province of Homs. In addition, seven people were seriously injured in the incident near the city of Palmyra shortly before midnight, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights announced on Thursday.
The activists reported several explosions near a military airfield east of Homs after Israeli fighter pilots bombed the border area between Iraq, Syria and Jordan. The air strikes therefore hit several institutions of pro-Iranian militias. This would include a training center and a transmission mast. However, some projectiles were intercepted by the Syrian air defense. There was initially no information about damage. The military base was already the target of an attack by unidentified drones four days ago, it said.
According to the observatory, the dead were four Syrians and five other people, initially of unknown nationality. The Syrian state news agency Sana had previously reported, citing army circles, that positions and the communications tower near the Palmyra airfield in Homs province had been shot at. Sana reported that one Syrian soldier was killed and three injured.
According to the observatory, two pro-Iranian fighters were killed in an Israeli attack on Palmyra airfield last week. Sana had reported six soldiers injured in the attack.
The UK-based observatory draws its information from a network of local informants. The information provided by the organization can often hardly be verified by an independent party.
Since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011, Israel has been conducting regular air strikes in Syria, most of which are directed against Syrian government troops and their allied Iranian and Lebanese fighters. They are seen as an attempt to prevent Iran, one of the most important allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, from expanding its military influence in the region.
An Israeli army spokesman said: “We do not comment on reports in foreign media.” As a rule, the Israeli army does not confirm individual attacks. Most of the time, she simply declares that she will not accept a military strengthening of Iran in the neighboring country.
Shortly before the latest attack, the head of Israeli military intelligence, Aharon Haliva, had again made serious allegations against Iran. “We will continue to obstruct Iran’s actions (…) and take measures to maintain Israel’s power,” he said.