Reported Israeli air strikes kill 8 pro-Iranian fighters in rural Damascus and Quneitra

The London-based Syrian opposition group reported on Wednesday that eight pro-Iranian foreign militiamen and Hizballah members were killed in two Israeli air strikes Tuesday overnight on Jabal al-Mani south of Damascus and Ruweihina village on the Syrian Golan border with Israel. The first targeted weapons and missile depots serving the Iranians and Hizballah; the second, a group called the Syrian resistance for the Liberation of the Golan at a post of the Syrian army’s 90th Brigade. DEBKAfile: Hizballah is known to be using Syrian military posts to cover its advance towards the Israeli border.

This was Israel’ second air strike against Syria in a week. Early Wednesday, Israel closed the airspace over the Golan to traffic of more than 5,000 feet.

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