Israel leads nearly 20 air raids in Syria: War Monitor | Conflict News

More than 18 Israeli attacks against several targets near the Syrian-Iraqi border have taken place, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Nighttime Israeli raids that hit weapons depots and military positions in eastern Syria killed at least five soldiers and 11 Allied fighters, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Wednesday.

The Israeli Air Force has carried out more than 18 attacks on multiple targets in an area stretching from the eastern town of Deir Az Zor to the al-Bukamal desert on the Syrian-Iraqi border, according to the based war observer. UK.

The raids killed five Syrian soldiers and 11 Allied fighters belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, Lebanese Hezbollah and the Fatemiyoun division which includes pro-Iranian Afghan fighters, the Observatory said, although their nationalities and a precise distribution are not immediately known.

The Syrian state news agency SANA reported on the attacks, but without giving further details.

“At 1h10 [23:10 GMT], the Israeli enemy carried out an air attack on the town of Deir Ezzor and the Al Bukamal region, ‚ÄĚSANA said, citing a military source.

“The results of the assault are currently being verified,” he added.

Local news source DeirEzzor24 said a number of warehouses and sites owned by pro-Iranian militias were hit in the area.

Warplane bombs over Syria near the Israeli-Syrian border as seen from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on July 24, 2018 [File: Ammar Awad/Reuters]

Routine raids

Israel did not comment on the attack. It was the second wave of Israeli raids in Syria in less than a week.

The latest attacks on January 7 targeted positions in southern Syria and south of the capital Damascus, killing three pro-Iran fighters.

Israel regularly conducts raids in Syria, mostly against Iran-affiliated targets in what it claims is an attempt to prevent its nemesis from gaining a foothold along its borders.

According to Israeli media, the area that has come under fire has been struck by Israel several times in recent years, as it houses a number of bases used by Iranian-backed groups. The area is also key to a land corridor for Tehran that connects Iran through Iraq and Syria via Lebanon, which Iran uses to smuggle weapons and rockets, mainly to the Hezbollah armed group. .

Iran has members of its own military as well as fighters of various nationalities who fight with militias it supports deployed across Syria.

Israel hit around 50 targets in Syria in 2020, according to an annual report released in late December by the IDF.

The Israeli military has carried out hundreds of air and missile raids on Syria since the outbreak of civil war in 2011, targeting Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah forces as well as government troops.

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