11 killed in Israeli bombardment in Syria

A war monitor has said Israeli strikes that hit several targets in Syria overnight to Monday killed at least 11 pro-regime fighters including two Syrians. Britain-based the Syrian Observatory for Human Right said they were the deadliest Israeli strikes in Syria since May last year. Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said, "Israeli strikes targeting Iranian and Syrian military positions near and south of Damascus killed at least 11 fighters including two Syrians." He said further that the targets included weapons depots belonging to Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah and Iranian fighters.

According to the Observatory, air strikes and ground-to-ground missiles hit several targets around the capital including near the Damascus airport, as well as near the Thaala military airport to the south of the capital Israel's military said it had targeted a number of Iranian installations in the country early on Monday, hours after intercepting a rocket fired from Syrian territory.

Israel has pledged to stop its main enemy Iran entrenching itself militarily in neighbouring Syria. In May 2018, Israeli strikes killed 27 pro-regime fighters including 11 Iranians in strikes on dozens of Iranian targets inside Syria. According to Israel, at the time it was responding to a salvo of rockets fired by Iranian forces into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.