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11 Soldiers Killed in Syria Strike Attributed to Israel

June 9, 2021

by: Kate Norman

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A Syrian or Russian air strike hitting a town in northern Syria (illustrative)

Wednesday, 9 June 2021 | Some 11 Syrian regime soldiers, including a colonel, were reportedly killed in alleged Israeli air strikes in Syria Tuesday night, a Syrian human rights watchdog group reported.

Targets of the late-night strikes included a scientific research center and military sites near Homs as well as an ammunition depot that belongs to Lebanese-based terrorist group Hezbollah, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

Explosions were also heard around the Damascus airport, SOHR reported, though it was unclear about any damage incurred.

However, the watchdog group brought up a significant point. “It is worth noting that regime forces and Iranian-backed militias were seen on high alert in the perimeter of Damascus international airport for unknown reasons since early June,” SOHR reported.

State-affiliated Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported that the Israeli planes approached from Lebanese airspace just before midnight and that Syrian forces intercepted most of the Israeli missiles—a common claim made by the regime that is often dismissed as empty boasting.

This is the first time in over a month that a strike attributed to Israel has taken place in Syria, SOHR noted.

Israel is keeping with its longstanding policy of declining to comment on its involvement in Syrian strikes, though Israeli leaders have acknowledged over the years that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has conducted hundreds of strikes in Syria since the beginning of the Syrian Civil War in 2011.

These strikes are part of the Jewish state’s covert “war-between-wars” campaign in which the Israeli military allegedly strikes military and terrorist targets in Syria that trace back to Iran. The Iranian regime has taken advantage of the civil war chaos to attempt to entrench itself in Syria and transport advanced weapons and troops to its terrorist proxies in the region, especially Hezbollah.

As such, Israeli jets have targeted weapons shipments—often passing through the Damascus airport and other terrorist targets in the war-torn region—as well as terrorists and militants affiliated with the regime in Iran.

Posted on June 9, 2021

Source: (Bridges for Peace, June 9, 2021)

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