Syria War monitor claims 9 fighters killed in Israeli strike in Syria last night

The alleged Israeli strike in central Syria yesterday night killed nine pro-government fighters, four of them Syrians and five of undetermined nationality, a Britain-based war monitor claims.

The Syrian state news agency SANA earlier quoted a military source as saying that the attack near the city of Palmyra had killed a soldier and wounded three others.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor, says the attack targeted several Iranian positions, among them a communication tower, near the T4 airbase east of Palmyra.

It reports that the attack killed four Syrians fighting with pro-Iran groups backing the Damascus government including one soldier, as well as five others whose nationality was not immediately clear.

The Observatory is an opposition-linked group with unclear funding and has at times been accused of inflating casualty numbers.

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