JERUSALEM - A British monitoring group says Israeli missile strikes killed at least 23 pro-Iranian fighters near Damascus Thursday. Israel is not commenting, but Syrian state media said their air defense repelled a number of attacks.
A resident of Damascus filmed the airstrikes on his cellphone. The Syrian state news agency said that Syrian troops shot down a number of missiles. But Rami Abdul Rahman of the British based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says there is more to the story.
He said at least 23 fighters were killed, possibly including some Iranians, and that the missiles caused extensive damage. In the past, Israel has confirmed similar airstrikes, saying that Israel will not allow Iran to expand its control of Syria, and will not allow weapons convoys to Hezbollah in Lebanon.
This time, Israel did not confirm or deny its involvement in the air assault, perhaps due to the high reported death toll.
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