Monitor: Death toll from Israeli attacks near Damascus rises to 11

Beirut (dpa) - The death toll from Israeli aerial attacks on areas south of Syria's capital Damascus and the south west of the country has risen to at least 11, a monitoring group said Tuesday.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said seven pro-Iranian militias of non-Syrian nationalities had died, as well as three pro-government soldiers including an officer in the air force. 
The watchdog said one woman was killed by shrapnel at her house in the village of Al-Hejana, south of Damascus.
The strikes also caused massive material damage.
The state-run Syrian News Agency (SANA) had reported late Monday that Israel launched air strikes targeting areas south of Damascus, killing two people and wounding seven soldiers.
The strikes target pro-government troops and pro-Iranian militias in Kiswa, the vicinity of Damascus International Airport and the Air Defense Brigade in Al-Hejana, south of the capital Damascus, as well as parts of Daraa in south-western Syria.
Previous Israeli strikes against targets in Syria were allegedly aimed at preventing Iran, one of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's main allies, from building up its military influence in the region. 


Tuesday, September 1st 2020

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