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Three Syrian soldiers killed in Israeli air strike: report

Israel has carried out hundreds of air and missile strikes on Syria since 2011 [AFP]

Date of publication: 18 November, 2020

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At least Syrian three soldiers were killed after the Israeli army launched air strikes in the country.

At least three soldiers were killed in southern Syria in an Israeli air strike on Wednesday, according to state news agency SANA.

"The assault killed three soldiers and injured one other soldier," the news agency said, citing a military source. 

Israel's army said it had launched air strikes Wednesday on Iranian and Syrian targets inside Syria, calling it a retaliatory attack after it found explosive devices along its northern border.

On Tuesday, Israel's military said it had discovered improvised explosive devices (IEDs) on its side of a border crossing point with Syria. 

The IEDs "were placed by a Syrian squad led by Iranian forces," an army statement said.

"In response, overnight, IDF fighter jets struck military targets belonging to the Iranian Quds force and the Syrian Armed Forces," it added. 

Israel said it hit "storage facilities, headquarters and military compounds" 

"Syrian surface-to-air missile batteries were struck," the statement added. 

Israel has carried out hundreds of air and missile strikes on Syria since the civil war broke out in 2011, targeting Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah forces as well as government troops.

The Jewish state rarely acknowledges individual strikes, but has done so when it says it is responding to specific attacks on Israeli territory. 

Agencies contributed to this report.

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