Israeli airstrikes on Syria kill dozens, hit weapons depot – Hartford Courant

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Israeli airstrikes in Syria killed dozens of people including members of the Hezbollah militant group, one of the deadliest attacks on the war-torn country since Oct. 7.

Syria’s state-run news agency said Israel launched rockets overnight southeast of Aleppo, killing and wounding a number of people. At least 42 died, including six Hezbollah fighters, according to the U.K.-based Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks developments on the ground in Syria.

The Friday strikes also hit a missile depot near Aleppo airport and a defense compound, said the group, which estimates the attack as Israel’s biggest in Syria in three years.

Israel rarely comments on such incidents in Syria but officials have repeatedly said they would seek to obstruct the transfer of weapons to Hezbollah and other Iran-allied militias via Syria.

(EDITORS NOTE: Image contains graphic content) People recover the body of a child from a destroyed building following Israeli air strikes on March 29, 2024, in Rafah, Gaza. Despite warnings from President Biden, Israeli forces have targeted the city of Rafah which is currently home to an estimated million Palestinian refugees. (Ahmad Hasaballah/Getty Images/TNS)
People recover the body of a child from a destroyed building following Israeli air strikes on March 29, 2024, in Rafah, Gaza. Despite warnings from President Biden, Israeli forces have targeted the city of Rafah which is currently home to an estimated million Palestinian refugees. (Ahmad Hasaballah/Getty Images/TNS)

Israel has for years routinely struck targets in Syria, mainly to thwart Hezbollah or secure its own north-eastern border. Those strikes have increased since Israel’s war with Hamas, another Iran-backed group, erupted in October in Gaza.

Since then, hundreds of Iran-backed militiamen have moved from the Iraq-Syria border to be nearer Israel.

Iran Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kanaani condemned the latest Israeli attacks, calling them a “blatant and desperate attempt to prolong and expand the crisis in the region,” according to a statement on Telegram.

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