Israeli air attack kills Syrian soldier, three foreigners

Asad’s allies says response to the strike will be ‘cruel’
Oct 14, 2021
Photo: File
Photo: File

Four people were killed in an Israeli airstrike on Syrian’s Palmyra in the Homs province on Thursday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

A Syrian soldier and three foreign citizens affiliated with pro-Iranian militias were killed in the attack, the watchdog said.

Earlier, the Syrian Defense Ministry reported that a Syrian soldier had been killed and three others were wounded in the strike.

The attack targeted a communications tower and caused some material losses, the ministry added in a short statement on its Facebook page.

Iran-backed forces in Syria said on Thursday they would respond forcefully to Israel’s strike.

A statement by Assad’s Iran-backed allies said that the response to the strike would be “very cruel”, adding casualties would have been much higher had its forces not been well spread across the desert area.

“As a result of this attack a number of martyrs and injured from our Mujahedeen brothers have fallen,” the statement said without elaborating.

“We have taken a decision to respond to this attack in revenge for the martyrs and the blood of the injured and the response will be very cruel,” said the statement published on pro-Iran news outlets.

This is the second Israeli airstrike in Syria within a week, according to Syrian state media. On Saturday, a human rights watchdog reported that two Iran-backed militants were killed after Israel struck targets in Syria's military air base near Homs.

The airstrike also injured six soldiers and caused material damage, official Syrian media reported on Friday last week.

“The Israeli enemy carried out an air aggression from the direction of the military area of Al-Tanf with bursts of missiles towards the T4 military airport in the central region,” a source said, adding that the air defenses had brought down most of the missiles.

Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes inside Syria in the course of the country’s civil war, targeting what it says are suspected arms shipments believed to be bound for Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah militant group, which is fighting alongside Syrian government forces.

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