Pro-Assad official: Syria strike destroyed 200 missiles, killed 16 Iranians

Missile strikes against Syrian regime forces in the central province of Hama overnight destroyed 200 missiles and killed 16 people, including 11 Iranians, an official from a pro-Assad alliance says.

The unnamed official tells The New York Times that 16 people were killed in total when the storage facility at the 47th Brigade base early this morning.

He says other regional officials allied with Iran believe Tehran will retaliate against Israel for the strikes in the near future.

In the hours after the strikes, media reports said that 18 members of Iran’s military, including a senior officer, were killed in the raids. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said 26 pro-regime fighters, most of them Iranians, had been killed. There were conflicting reports on the number of casualties, with some opposition-linked outlets placing the overall number of fatalities at 38.

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