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Israeli airstrikes kill dozens in Syria, reports

Update : 29 Mar 2024, 13:39

Israeli airstrikes on Syria's Aleppo killed 36 people, including members of the Lebanese group Hezbollah, sources said on Friday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitoring group, said "at least 36 soldiers were killed and dozens wounded" in the Israeli air raid targeting an area near Hezbollah's rockets storage facilities.

The targeted area is located close to Aleppo's international airport.

Earlier, the Syrian Defense Ministry said the Israeli airstrikes and militant attacks around Aleppo resulted in the death of civilians and military personnel.

The ministry reported that the Israeli airstrikes coincided with drone attacks launched from Idlib and western rural Aleppo by "terrorist organizations."

The ministry did not provide details on the number of casualties or specify whether the deaths resulted from the Israeli airstrikes or the militant groups' attacks.

Escalating border conflict

Since the start of the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza, Israel and Lebanon-based Hezbollah have regularly traded fire across the border.

Hezbollah is an Iran-backed Shiite political party and militant group in Lebanon. Hezbollah is considered a terrorist organization by the US, Germany and several Sunni Arab countries, while the EU lists its armed wing as a terrorist group.

On Wednesday, strikes by Israeli forces and Hezbollah fighters killed people on both sides of the border raising fear of a wider conflict.

Lebanese state media reported that Israeli fighter jets struck a medical center. Israel's military said it hit a military facility, killing only militants.

Israel has also struck what it said are bases of Iranian-backed militia in Syria, while also targeting Syrian army air defenses and some Syrian forces. 


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