Syrian Observatory: Airstrike in Syria Killed Eight Iranians

BEIRUT (Reuters/AP) -
This photo released on Wednesday by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows flames rising after an attack in an area known to have numerous Syrian army military bases, in Kisweh, south of Damascus, Syria. (SANA via AP)

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Wednesday that an overnight airstrike on Iranian military facilities south of Damascus had killed at least 15 people, including eight Iranians.

The reports of an Israeli attack in the Kisweh area late on Tuesday followed President Donald Trump’s announcement that he was pulling out of the Iranian nuclear deal.

“The number increased to at least 15, including at least eight Iranians, killed by the missile strikes,” the British-based Observatory reported.

The Britain-based Observatory said Tuesday the missiles targeted depots and rocket launchers that likely belonged to Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards in Kisweh. The report could not be independently confirmed.

An official with the Iran-led regional alliance supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad said the strike targeted a Syrian army position.

The IDF declined to comment on the reports, which came shortly after it said it had identified “irregular activity” by Iranian forces in Syria and went onto high alert.

Israel almost never confirms or denies airstrikes in Syria. Such strikes have become more frequent recently, amid soaring tensions between regional arch-enemies Israel and Iran.

Israel has warned it will not tolerate Tehran establishing itself militarily on its doorstep in Syria.