Recent Israeli Strikes Claimed Lives Of Seven Syrian Service Members, Including Senior Officer
An Israeli Air Force F-15 fighter jet flies during an aerial demonstration. (photo credit: AMIR COHEN – REUTERS)
The recent Israeli strikes on Syria have claimed the lives of seven Syrian service members, Syrian pro-government sources revealed on June 9.
The strikes, which took place late on June 8, hit a number of military targets in the outskirts of Homs city as well as near the capital Damascus.
In its initial statement, the Ministry of Defense of Syria claimed that the strike did not result in any human losses. Nevertheless, pro-government sources identified the following seven casualties of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces:
- Colonel Ayham Ismail;
- Ragheb Bahjat Douiri;
- Issa Abed Abbas;
- Abdullah Ahmed al-Bakhit;
- Sumer Salman al-Salem;
- Mohamed Ahmed Abboud;
- Imad Rajab al-Youssef.
Col. Islamil, a military engineer of the SAA, was reportedly serving in the Scientific Studies and Research Center, which is responsible of much of military research and development in Syria.
The Israeli strikes were the first to target Syria in well over a month. The exact nature of the targets is yet to be revealed.
These strikes were a part of Israel’s “War-Between-Wars” campaign, which ramped up after the outbreak of the Syrian war in 2011. The campaign is meant to push Iran and its allies out of Syria as well as to prevent them from developing their offensive capabilities. None of these goals have been achieved, so far.
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