Israeli Airstrikes in Syria Result in Dozens of Deaths

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 Israel conducted airstrikes in Syria early Friday, resulting in casualties among Assad regime soldiers, Hezbollah members, and civilians, according to reports from Hezbollah and sources close to the regime. The attack, near the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, marked a significant escalation in Israel’s military operations against Iranian-backed forces beyond its borders since the conflict in Gaza. Israel’s military, known for rarely acknowledging its operations in Syria, declined to comment on the strikes.

Hezbollah, a Lebanon-based, Iranian-backed, militant group and political party designated as a terrorist organization by multiple countries, announced that seven of its members were killed in the attack. A spokesperson for Hezbollah stated that four members were among those killed in the Aleppo strikes. Additionally, the spokesperson mentioned the death of dozens of Syrian soldiers.

According to Reuters, 39 individuals, including six Hezbollah members, were killed, making it one of the deadliest Israeli attacks reported in Syria. Israel has a history of targeting Iranian positions, weapons depots, and Iranian officers. The recent escalation comes amid increased hostilities along the Lebanese border, with near-daily exchanges of fire between Israel and Hezbollah.

The UN peacekeeping mission in southern Lebanon expressed deep concern over the surge in violence, which has led to civilian casualties and the destruction of homes and livelihoods. The situation remains volatile, with ongoing clashes and airstrikes exacerbating tensions.

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant indicated a shift in Israel’s approach, stating that they would actively pursue Hezbollah wherever it operates, including locations in Lebanon and Syria. This statement underscores Israel’s determination to confront Hezbollah and dismantle its infrastructure.


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