Three pro-Iran fighters have been killed in Israeli strikes south of Damascus, a battle monitor stated, with Iranian media reporting an adviser from the Revolutionary Guards was among the many useless.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated “three members of pro-Iran teams, together with an Iranian and an Iraqi” have been killed in “Israeli air strikes”.
The targets included a website operated by Lebanese militant group Hezbollah on a highway resulting in the Sayyida Zeinab district and a website on the highway to Damascus airport that had lately been vacated by pro-Iran teams, the Britain-based battle monitor stated.
Iran’s Mehr information company stated an Iranian adviser from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Saeed Alidadi, was killed within the strikes.
Syrian state media reported injury from “Israeli” air strikes south of Damascus however didn’t point out casualties.
The Israeli army declined to remark.
Throughout greater than a decade of civil battle in Syria, Israel has launched lots of of strikes, primarily concentrating on Iran-backed forces and the Syrian Military. Its strikes have intensified for the reason that battle between Israel and Hamas started on October 7.
Israel hardly ever feedback on particular person strikes however has stated repeatedly that it’ll not permit Iran to increase its presence in Syria.
Friday’s reported strikes have been the second this week. On Monday, missiles fired on a base in Sayyida Zeinab housing Iranian Revolutionary Guards and Hezbollah fighters killed at the very least eight folks, the Observatory reported.
A earlier air strike in Sayyida Zeinab in late December, additionally blamed on Israel, killed a senior Iranian normal.
And on January 20, a strike on Damascus’s Mazzeh neighbourhood concentrating on the Revolutionary Guards’ Syria spy chief killed 13 folks, the Observatory stated.
Iran, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his nation’s greater than decade-old civil battle, says its troops are deployed in an advisory capability solely on the request of the Damascus authorities.