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Death toll rises to 42 after Israeli airstrikes hit Syria's Aleppo

IANS | March 30, 2024 10:31 AM

DAMASCUS: The death toll from Israeli airstrikes that hit Syria's northern city of Aleppo has risen to 42, a war monitor reported, updating the previous report of 36 fatalities.

The airstrikes targeted aHezbollah warehouse in the Jibrin area near Aleppo International Airport before dawn on Friday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Friday.

The Britain-based watchdog group said the attacks, which reverberated across the northern Aleppo countryside for about three hours, were the deadliest Israeli airstrikes in Syria in the past three years, Xinhua news agency reported.

Defence factories in the Safira area were also targeted, the watchdog added.

The fatalities in Aleppo also included six members of Hezbollah, unnamed Lebanese military sources told Xinhua news agency on Friday.

A statement from the Syrian Defence Ministry said that around 1:45 a.m. local time on Friday, the Israeli military launched aerial attacks from the direction of Athria, southeast of Aleppo, targeting multiple locations in the Aleppo countryside.

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