At least eight members of a pro-Iranian militia were killed on Thursday in airstrikes attributed to the Israel Air Force
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Syrian opposition organization based in Britain, said those killed belonged to “pro-Iranian militias and Lebanese Hezbollah” and the dead were “non-Syrian nationalities.” Iranian military advisers and Iranian-armed militias have been in Syria for several years propping up the government of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, with Iran and Hezbollah attempting to entrench themselves near the border with Israel.
A Syrian military source told the state-run SANA news agency that “the losses were limited to material.”
“Violent explosions were heard after mid-Tuesday-Wednesday in areas south of the capital Damascus and the Quneitra governorate, resulting from Israeli airstrikes targeting military sites of the regime forces in which pro-Iranian militias are present,” the SOHR said on its website. The Quneitra governorate borders Israel on the Golan Heights where Iran and its proxy, the Lebanese Hezbollah terror group, have been trying to establish a military presence.
“The Israeli airstrikes have targeted weapon and missile depots used by Iranians and Hezbollah in the Jabal al-Mani area in southern Damascus countryside,” the rights group said. “A military post belonging to the Syrian Resistance for the Liberation of the Golan militia was also targeted near the village of Ruweihina at the Syrian border” with Israel.