In a report on Saturday night, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that at least six people affiliated with President Bashar al-Assad’s regime were killed in the Israeli attack in Syria, which followed the downing of an Iranian drone in Israeli airspace. The organization also said several others sustained critical injuries.

Scene of downed F-16

Scene of downed F-16 Photo Credit: Facebook screenshot

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said on Saturday that at least six pro-regime fighters of both Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities were killed in the Israeli airstrikes early Saturday morning. The strikes targeted Syrian Aerial Defense Systems and Iranian military facilities and came in response to an Iranian drone that entered Israel’s airspace.

“Israeli warplanes targeted the outskirts of T4 Airport from the side of Al-Bayyarat area in Homs Desert, in which Iranian forces, the Lebanese Hezbollah and regime forces are located,” read SOHR’s report. The organization said that the targeting resulted in injuries “in the ranks of the regime forces and their allies amid information about the death of some of them affected by the injury they had.” SOHR also said the death toll is expected to rise as several were critically injured.

As previously reported by JOL, the IDF has confirmed that the two Israeli pilots who ejected from their fighter jet on Saturday morning did so because they were targeted by Syrian anti-aircraft missiles. One of the pilots is in critical condition. The other one sustained minor injuries.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday evening that Israel has “the right and the obligation” to retaliate against any attempt to violate its sovereignty. Meanwhile, the Pentagon issued a statement expressing the US’ full support of “Israel’s inherent right to defend itself against threats to its territory and its people.”