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Israel Targets Iranian Ammunition Depots in Aleppo

Israel Targets Iranian Ammunition Depots in Aleppo

Thursday, 28 March, 2019 - 09:15
Missile fire is seen from Damascus, Syria May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki
Asharq Al-Awsat

Israeli warplanes have targeted ammunition depots belonging to Iranian forces and allied groups in Sheikh Najjar industrial zone, northeast of the Syrian city of Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Thursday.

According to the war monitor, the strikes have “caused huge explosions."

It said one Iranian and six allied militiamen were killed in the late Wednesday strike that also wounded several other fighters.

If confirmed, it would be the first attack on Syrian territory since US President Donald Trump on Monday recognized the Golan Heights -- seized from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War -- as Israeli territory, a move which breaks with decades of international consensus.

A number of residents of Aleppo told AFP that the attack led to a power cut in the whole city.

Israel has carried out hundreds of air strikes in Syria in the past few years targeting positions held by its main enemy Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah, with the goal of stopping Iran from entrenching itself militarily in the war-torn country.

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