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Eleven Iranians among dead in Israel strikes on Syria on Thursday: monitor

AFP  |  Beirut 

At least 11 Iranians were among those killed in unprecedented Israeli strikes on this week, a monitor said today.

"At least 27 pro-regime fighters were killed" in Thursday's strikes, said Rami Abdel Rahman, of the Britain-based for Human Rights.

He said "six Syrian soldiers and 21 foreign fighters, including 11 Iranians" were among the dead.

That updates the monitor's initial toll of 23, which did not specify the number of Iranians.

"The new report is due to the death of wounded or missing persons whose deaths have been confirmed," said.

says it struck dozens of Iranian targets inside early on Thursday in response to a salvo of rockets allegedly fired by Iranian forces into the Israeli-occupied

Israeli said had "crossed a red line" and that Israel's bombardment against targets in was "a consequence".

The Jewish state has long warned it will not accept entrenching itself militarily in neighbouring Syria, where the Islamic Republic backs Assad's regime in the country's seven-year civil

Israeli forces have been blamed for a series of recent strikes inside Syria that have killed Iranians, though it has not acknowledged those raids.

says it has conducted dozens of operations in Syria to stop what it says are advanced arms deliveries to one of its main foes, Iran-backed Hezbollah.

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First Published: Sat, May 12 2018. 13:05 IST