Israel has launched airstrikes in Syria for the third time since Thursday. Two Iran-affiliated fighters have been killed, according to a war monitor, with five Syrian soldiers wounded. During more than a decade of civil war in Syria, Israel has launched hundreds of air strikes, primarily targeting Iran-backed forces and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters, as well as Syrian army positions. The latest strikes coincide with increasing Arab engagement with the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, which has been politically isolated since Syria’s war broke out in 2011. Saudi Arabia and Iran last month announced a Chinese-brokered agreement to restore ties in a detente that has the potential to reshape relations across the region. Israel conducted several air strikes on Syria in March, according to the Observatory. While Israel rarely comments on the strikes it carries out on Syria, it has repeatedly said it will not allow its arch-foe Iran to extend its footprint in the war-torn country. Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani condemned that attack, saying on Sunday that the “blood of these high-ranking martyrs will not go to waste” and that Tehran “reserves its right to respond… at the appropriate time and place”.