Death toll from Israel’s Syria strikes rises to 21: monitor

Syrian air defense batteries respond to Israeli missiles targeting Damascus. (AFP)
Updated 22 January 2019
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Death toll from Israel’s Syria strikes rises to 21: monitor

  • The strikes carried out late Sunday and early Monday hit several positions and assets held by Iran and its allies in Syria
  • Israel has warned it will continue to target positions in Syria

BEIRUT: The death toll from Israel’s latest bombardment of military targets in Syria rose from 11 to 21, a war monitor said Tuesday, adding that most of those killed were Iranian.

The strikes carried out late Sunday and early Monday hit several positions and assets held by Iran and its allies in Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

An initial toll of 11 has now risen to 21, the head of the Britain-based Observatory, Rami Abdel Rahman, said.

“There are 15 foreigners among the dead, including 12 from the Iranian forces,” he said. “Six Syrians from the regime were also killed.”

Israel has warned it will continue to target positions in Syria held by Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah.


Egyptian security forces kill 16 suspected militants

Updated 26 min 56 sec ago
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Egyptian security forces kill 16 suspected militants

  • Egyptian security forces killed 16 suspected militants in two separate raids in the city of Arish in North Sinai
  • The two sides were involved in exchanges of fire

CAIRO: Egyptian security forces killed 16 suspected militants in two separate raids in the city of Arish in North Sinai, state-run Al Ahram said on Tuesday.
The two sides were involved in exchanges of fire, it said.