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At least 15 pro-government fighters were killed on Tuesday in an Israeli missile strike near Damascus, a monitor said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that eight Iranians, including members of its Revolutionary Guards and other Iranian-backed combatants, were killed in the strike on the district of Kisweh, south of the capital.

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The Observatory’s head Rami Abdel Rahman said the strike “targeted weapons stores belonging to the Revolutionary Guard”.

Syrian state media said Israel launched missiles at a target near Damascus on Tuesday, shortly after US President Donald Trump announced he was quitting the Iranian nuclear deal, a move that had prompted Israel to go on high alert.

Israel’s top general, Gadi Eizenkott, canceled a scheduled appearance at an annual security conference and was conferring with Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman and other national security chiefs, officials said.

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