Twenty-three people died as a result of the Israeli strikes against several areas in Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said yesterday.
According to the organisation the Israeli strikes targeted different areas in central Syria and near the capital Damascus and its countryside as well as western Swaida and the Daraa-Quneitra-West Damascus countryside triangle.
Five Syrian regime troops were amongst those killed, while the remaining 18 casualties included Syrians and foreigners. The number of casualties is likely to rise, it added.
Meanwhile, the Russian Defence Ministry said yesterday that “the Syrian air defences have managed to drop more than half of the rockets fired by Israel against its territory,” on Wednesday night, and that Israel used 28 aircrafts to carry out the attack.
The ministry said in a statement that 28 Israeli F-15 and F-16 aircrafts participated in the attack. Together they fired nearly 60 air-to-ground missiles over various parts of Syria. Israel also fired more than ten tactical ground-to-ground missiles.
According to the statement, the Israeli attack targeted Iranian and Syrian sites in the region of Damascus and south of the country.