Two nights of Israeli airstrikes on military facilities in Syria killed 42 people, including at least 19 Iranians, a Syria war monitor said Saturday.
"At least 27 pro-regime fighters were killed" in Thursday's strikes, director of the Observatory for Human Rights Rami Abdel Rahman said.
Note that the experts of the human rights organization based in London, receive data from the network of informants in Syria.
Israel's army said it had carried out widespread raids against Iranian targets in Syria overnight after rocket fire towards its forces which it blamed on Iran, marking a sharp escalation between the two enemies. Actual rockets slammed Israeli military positions inside the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
He said that "six Syrian soldiers and 21 foreign fighters, including 11 Iranians" were among the dead.
The observatory initially reported 23 killed in the strikes and did not specify their nationality.
"They need to remember the saying that if it rains on us, it'll storm on them".
But Thursday's air raid came amid heightened tension in the regime after President Trump announced on Tuesday that the U.S. would withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
Israel has long warned it will not accept Iran entrenching itself militarily in neighbouring Syria, where Tehran has deployed forces to support the government of President Bashar al-Assad in the country's seven-year civil war.
An image released on May 10, 2018 by the government-affiliated "Central War Media" in Syria purportedly shows Syrian air defence systems intercepting Israeli missiles over Damascus' airspace.
The Israeli strikes, however, have also become intolerable by Syria, which can not just keep taking in such attacks that target its sovereignty without punching back.
On possible escalation into a full-fledged war, Ihsan said no one wants an open regional war, but what is happening is an attempt by the US and Israel to contain the Iranian regional influence, particularly in Syria and this "tussle started when the USA withdrew from the nuclear deal".
"I will take this opportunity to send a message to Assad: Get rid of the Iranians. get rid of the Quds Force", Lieberman said during a tour in the town of Katzrin in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.