Monitor Says 42 Killed In Israeli Strikes In Syria This Week

A Syrian war monitor says Israeli strikes on suspected military positions in Syria this week killed 42 people.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on May 12 that the new death toll from attacks early on May 10 was 27, including at least 11 Iranians and six Syrian soldiers.

In strikes near the capital on May 8, the monitor said at least 15 were killed, including eight Iranians.

That brings to 42, including 19 Iranians, the total killed during the two days of strikes.

Syria blamed Israel for the May 8 strikes that hit near the capital.

Israel said its May 10 strikes were in response to a barrage of Iranian rockets on its positions in the occupied Golan Heights, the most serious military confrontation between the two bitter enemies to date.

Based on reporting by AP and dpa