Non-Syrian Nationals Killed in Saturday's Israeli Airstrikes in Syria

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the six killed in Israeli strikes were members of the Syrian regime and 'non-Syrian' allies

The attack of the drone's control center deep in Syrian territory, February 10, 2018
The attack of the drone's control center deep in Syrian territory, February 10, 2018Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Sunday that six people were killed as a result of the retaliatory Israeli strikes on Syrian and Iranian targets in Syria on Saturday. Israel struck 12 targets in total in response to an Iranian drone that penetrated Israeli airspace early Saturday morning.

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According to the observatory, which made this statement via Twitter, the individuals who died as a result of the Israel Air Force's attack were members of Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime as well as non-Syrian nationals.

The Britain-based Observatory monitors the war in Syria through a network of activists on the ground. No fatalities were originally reported on Saturday after Israel launched its attack on Syria.

This report comes minutes after the White House made an official statement condemning Iran for its 'provocative actions' and backing Israel, saying that the Jewish state had a right to defend itself against such threats.

The Israeli military said it struck 12 targets in Syria on Saturday, which included four Syrian air-defense battaries and four Iranian sites after Syrian air defense missiles struck an Israeli F-16I fighter jet. The aircraft was one of the planes sent to attack in Syria in response to the drone incursion earlier on Saturday.

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