Eight people killed in Israeli airstrike in Syria

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At least eight members of the Syrian Government forces and their allied militiamen were killed after Israeli airstrikes on central and Southern Syria, a monitoring group said on Wednesday.

The Britain-Based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said those killed included members of the “National Defence’’ forces.

It added that the Israeli strikes, which took place shortly before midnight (2100 GMT), hit posts East of the village of Khirbet al-Tin in the countryside of Homs.

The monitoring group said that an ammunition depot thought to belong to Hezbollah was also hit in the same area.

It further said that explosions occurred near the Dabaa Military Airport.

The official Syrian news agency Sana had first reported that Israeli fighter jets hit targets in Syria late on Tuesday night.

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The agency cited military sources as saying that the rocket attacks hit central and Southern areas of the country without providing specifics.
According to a Lebanese security source, the Israeli planes used Lebanese airspace to also hit targets South of Damascus.

The Observatory confirmed that loud explosions were heard on the outskirts of Damascus International airport as well as near the air force battalion in the Dmeir region.

It added that explosions were heard in the provinces of Hama and Latakia.

So far, there had been no official comment from Israel.

Israeli strikes in Syria have been seen as an attempt to prevent Iran, one of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s main allies, from building up its military influence in the region.

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