DAMASCUS / NEW YORK: Israeli strikes targeting Syrian regime military positions and an arms depot near Damascus have killed three Iranian-backed militiamen, a UK-based war observer said Thursday.
The strikes near the capital “destroyed an arms depot likely used by Lebanese Hezbollah militia,” among other Iranian-backed groups, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. “He also killed three … Iranian-backed militia fighters,” the monitor said.
The observatory said it could not determine their nationality but that they were all non-Syrians.
The state-run SANA news agency reported the raids but not the casualties, saying four soldiers were injured in the attack.
“At around 12:56 pm, the Israeli enemy carried out an aggression from the direction of Lebanon on certain positions near Damascus,” SANA said, citing a military source.
“Our air defenses intercepted the assault and shot down” most of the missiles, the outlet said, adding that “four soldiers were injured.”
The strikes also caused “material damage”.
The source did not provide details on the targets.
Since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011, Israel has carried out regular raids in Syria, mainly targeting Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah forces as well as government troops.
Israel rarely confirms strikes, but its army said it hit around 50 targets in the war-torn country last year, without providing details.
Hezbollah is the only group in Lebanon that did not disarm after the 1975-1990 civil war, but it is also a major player in Lebanese politics.
It is a powerful ally of Iran and Damascus and has officially fought in Syria since 2013.
Separately, Syrian regime forces fired a missile at a civilian vehicle in a rebel-held village in the northwest of the country on Thursday, killing seven people, including three children from the same family, militants said. ‘opposition.
The attack took place near the village of Najia, near the front lines with government forces in Idlib province, the last major rebel stronghold in the war-torn country. The missile killed two men, two women and three children, and injured several others, according to the observatory, and Idlib-based citizen journalist Salwa Abdul-Rahman.
Earlier this week, Russia clashed with the United States and its allies in a vote later this month that could strip Syria of voting rights in the international chemical weapons watchdog, Moscow. accusing the West of trying to “demonize Damascus” and the United States demanding a message to the Syrian government that the use of chemical weapons has consequences.