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Four people were killed in an Israeli airstrike on Syrian’s Palmyra in the Homs province on Thursday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

A Syrian soldier and three foreign
citizens affiliated with pro-Iranian militias were killed in the attack, the
watchdog said.

Earlier, the Syrian Defense Ministry
reported that a Syrian soldier had been killed and three others were wounded in
the strike.

The attack targeted a communications
tower and caused some material losses, the ministry added in a short statement
on its Facebook page.

Iran-backed forces in Syria said on
Thursday they would respond forcefully to Israel’s strike.

A statement by Assad’s Iran-backed
allies said that the response to the strike would be “very cruel”, adding
casualties would have been much higher had its forces not been well spread
across the desert area.

“As a result of this attack a number
of martyrs and injured from our Mujahedeen brothers have fallen,” the statement
said without elaborating.

“We have taken a decision to respond
to this attack in revenge for the martyrs and the blood of the injured and the
response will be very cruel,” said the statement published on pro-Iran news
outlets.

This is the second Israeli airstrike
in Syria within a week, according to Syrian state media. On Saturday, a human
rights watchdog reported that two Iran-backed militants were killed after
Israel struck targets in Syria’s military air base near Homs.

The airstrike also injured six
soldiers and caused material damage, official Syrian media reported on Friday
last week.

“The Israeli enemy carried out an
air aggression from the direction of the military area of Al-Tanf with bursts of
missiles towards the T4 military airport in the central region,” a source said,
adding that the air defenses had brought down most of the missiles.

Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes inside Syria in the course of the country’s civil war, targeting what it says are suspected arms shipments believed to be bound for Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah militant group, which is fighting alongside Syrian government forces.

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Abdul Gh Lone

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