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Israeli missile strike kills 23 fighters in Syria

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At least 23 pro-government fighters were killed by a fresh Israeli missile strike in eastern Syria after midnight, a war monitor reported on Wednesday.

The “intense” missile strike targeted positions of Syrian forces and allied Iranian-backed fighters in the area extending from the city of Deir al-Zour to the al-Bukamal area on the Syrian-Iraqi border.

”Seven of those killed were Syrians while the rest are Iranian-backed fighters, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based watchdog group said.

It noted that the death toll could likely rise due to the number of critically wounded fighters.

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Meanwhile, the state news agency SANA reported the Israeli strikes without giving details.

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It’s the second strike to target Syrian sites in 2021.

According to the Observatory, Israel had carried out a total of 39 attacks on Syrian military sites in 2020 alone, which killed 217 Syrian soldiers and pro-Iran fighters.

Xinhua/NAN

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