Monitor claims 19 Iran-backed fighters killed in alleged Israeli raids in Syria

Airstrikes likely carried out by Israel killed at least 19 pro-Iran fighters in war-torn eastern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says.

The early morning strikes hit positions of Iran-backed militias outside the town of Albu Kamal in Deir Ezzor province, killing mostly foreign fighters, the Observatory says.

Israel rarely acknowledges individual strikes but the Observatory has accused it of launching two other aerial attacks against pro-Iran forces in Syria since Saturday.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is a pro-Syrian opposition organization of uncertain funding. The group has regularly been accused by Syrian war analysts of inflating casualty numbers, as well as inventing them wholesale.

AFP, with TOI staff