Nineteen pro-Iranian Militants Killed in Syria in Third Israeli Strike in Week, Watchdog Says

The sortie comes day after another attack attributed to Israel which reportedly killed eight non-Syrian nationals

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An airstrike attributed to Israel near Damascus, Syria, 2019.
An airstrike attributed to Israel near Damascus, Syria, 2019.Credit: SANA / AP
Jack Khoury
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Nineteen pro-Iranian Pakistani militants were killed in an alleged Israeli airstrike in Syria on Thursday, Syrian opposition sources said. 

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Israel was behind the airstrike which targeted the eastern Syrian region of Albuqmal, making it the third reported Israeli strike in Syria within a week.

On Wednesday, Syria's state-run SANA news agency said that Israel struck two sites in the country's south. The SOHR said eight non-Syrian nationals were killed in the strike, which also destroyed a missile depot affiliated with Hezbollah and Iran near Damascus and Quneitra.

According to Syrian state media, one attack targeted a village south of Quneitra, and the second hit Jebel el Mania, a suburb south of Damascus. It also said that the country's air defenses were activated in response to the strikes.

The Israeli military did not comment on either of the reports, as is routine for strikes in Syria.

Last Wednesday, in a rare move, Israel said it carried out an airstrike in Syria that targeted an Iranian unit that Israel says is responsible for planting explosives on the Israeli side of the countries' border on two separate occasions.

The attack came one day after the discovery of the second line of explosive devices on the Israeli side of the Syria-Israel border in three-and-a-half months.

The Israeli military holds a unit of the Iran Revolutionary Guard responsible, which it says pays local Syrians to place Iranian-supplied explosives there.

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