Eight mostly Iranian fighters were killed Wednesday in Syria in air raids blamed on Israel, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH) reported on Friday.
On the day of the raids, Syrian state media reported one civilian killed and six injured in strikes on targets in northwestern Latakia province, the family stronghold of President Bashar al-Assad , and its surroundings.
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Since the start of the war in neighboring Syria in 2011, Israel has carried out hundreds of strikes in Syrian territory, targeting positions of the Assad regime but also Iranian forces and the Lebanese movement of Hezbollah, great allies of the Syrian power. On Friday, OSDH claimed that the raids, which targeted
of the Syrian regime and allied pro-Iran militias in Latakia and neighboring Hama province, claimed the lives of eight pro-Iranian militia fighters. Iranians - five Iranians, two Afghans and one Syrian.
Among the targets are
"warehouses of weapons and ammunition"
in the mountainous area bordering between the two provinces, according to the NGO.
Israeli authorities, who rarely confirm attacks on Syrian territory, had not commented on Wednesday's raids.
Israel regularly asserts that it will not allow Syria to become the foothold for the forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran, a country enemy of the Hebrew state.
Triggered in March 2011 by the repression of pro-democracy protests, the war in Syria has left more than 388,000 dead.