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Airstrike in Eastern Syria Kills Five Iran-backed Fighters

Airstrike in Eastern Syria Kills Five Iran-backed Fighters

Tuesday, 2 June, 2020 - 09:45
Syrians walk past buildings heavily damaged during Syria's war, in the central city of Homs, April 28, 2020. (AFP)
Beirut - Asharq Al-Awsat

An airstrike in eastern Syria near the Iraqi border on Sunday targeted three military vehicles belonging to Iran-backed fighters, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

Five foreign fighters were killed in the strike, for which “Israel was likely responsible,” said SOHR head Rami Abdul Rahman.

Israel has reportedly carried out airstrikes in Syria against Iranian targets and its allies, including Lebanese-based Hezbollah. It further pledges to defy the Iranian endeavors to cement its military presence in Syria and dispatch developed arms to Hezbollah.

Israel seldom claims responsibility for operations in Syria but deems the Iranian presence that backs Assad’s regime a threat, and it pledges to carry on with its operations in Syria until Iran withdraws from there.

Iranian and Iraqi forces – loyal to Syrian regime forces - are deployed especially in Al-Mayadeen to Al-Bukamal.

Around two weeks ago in May, unidentified warplanes struck a base in eastern Syria, killing seven Iran-backed militiamen, according to SOAR. Days before the attack, reinforcements were dispatched while Israel didn’t comment on the offensive.

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