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Israel kills Hezbollah fighters in Syria

Israel kills Hezbollah fighters in Syria

An Israeli drone strike in Syria killed two fighters from the Lebanese Hezbollah movement, a war monitoring group said.

"An Israeli drone fired two drones at a Hezbollah car and van in the city of Qusayr in Homs province as they were traveling to Al-Daba airport. The attack killed at least two Hezbollah fighters and wounded others," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

This was the third attack against Hezbollah - the Iranian-backed group - in Syria this week.

On Monday, Israeli strikes in the Qusayr area, near the border with Lebanon, killed eight pro-Iranian fighters, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on information from a network of sources inside Syria. According to AFP sources, at least one of those killed was a Hezbollah fighter.

Another attack occurred on May 18 and targeted a "Hezbollah commander and his companion," the Observer said.

Israel rarely comments on individual attacks in Syria, but has repeatedly said it will not allow its sworn enemy, Iran, to expand its presence in the country.

Since Syria's civil war began, Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes, mostly targeting army positions and Iranian-backed fighters, including those of Hezbollah.

Israeli attacks in Syria have increased since the war in Gaza began between the Israeli army and Hamas - the Palestinian group declared a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union - which is also supported by Iran./ REL

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