Israeli strikes killed 2 Hezbollah fighters: sources

Sources say a senior military figure in the guerilla group was among the two fatalities

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At least two members of Lebanon’s Hezbollah were killed in Israeli air strikes in Syria over the weekend, sources told Al Arabiya News Channel on Monday.

The sources said a senior military figure in the guerilla group was among the two fatalities.

On Sunday, Syrian state television said Israel had launched a series of air strikes on Syria, one near Damascus’ international airport and another outside Dimas, a town close to the Lebanese border. It said there had been no casualties in the attacks.

Activists posted footage online repordetly showing the strike on Dimas.

Syria’s army general command said on state television there were “material losses in some facilities" that were targeted.

Residents in Damascus said they heard loud explosions and opposition activists posted photos online of jet streams in the evening sky and fiery explosions, reported Reuters news agency.

Israel is suspected of having carried out a series of air strikes on areas in and around Damascus since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad almost four years ago but has never confirmed any of them.

While not confirming the air strikes, Israeli officials have repeatedly vowed to prevent Iranian-backed Hezbollah from obtaining “game-changing” weapons that could disrupt the current balance of power.

Syria allies denounce strikes

Russia on Monday demanded an explanation for the air strikes a day earlier, while the Syrian and Iranian foreign ministers called it an act of aggression that proves Israel is "in the same trench" with extremist groups fighting the Syrian government.

(With AP)