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16 Iran-backed fighters killed by presumed Israeli strike in Syria — monitor

Presumed Israeli airstrikes on eastern Syria killed 16 Iran-backed fighters, a war monitor says, hours after Damascus said it intercepted Israeli missiles fired at a central air base.

Those killed were “Iraqi paramilitary fighters loyal to Iran, seven of whom were killed outside the city of Mayadeen,” Rami Abdul Rahman, head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, says.

The other nine were killed in strikes south of the city of Albu Kamal, on the Iraqi border further east.

Abdul Rahman says Israel was “likely” responsible for the attack, which if confirmed, would mark the second such strike in less than 24 hours and the third this week.

— AFP

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