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Nearly 40 killed in air strikes on Syria

By Christy Cooney

At least 36 people have been killed in Israeli air strikes near the Syrian city of Aleppo, according to reports.

The Syrian defence ministry says the strikes hit several sites in Aleppo’s countryside at 01:45 local time on Friday (22:45 GMT Thursday).

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) says the targets were weapons stores used by Iran-backed Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.

Israel does not typically comment on any attacks against Syria.

Citing two security sources, Reuters news agency reports that five Hezbollah fighters are among the dead and gives a death toll of 38.

The defence ministry says civilians and Syrian military personnel were also killed.

The SOHR, a monitoring group with an extensive network of contacts in Syria, says “dozens” of others were injured.

The sites targeted are near Aleppo International Airport, it adds.

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