AFP – Agence France Presse
January 13, 2021
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Israeli evening raids concentrating on arms depots and army positions in japanese Syria killed no less than 9 Syrian troopers and 31 allied fighters, within the deadliest raids since 2018, a battle monitor stated Wednesday.
The Israeli air drive carried out greater than 18 strikes in opposition to a number of targets in an space stretching from the japanese city of Deir Ezzor to the Iraqi border, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated.
The raids killed 9 Syrian troopers and 31 overseas militia fighters whose nationalities weren’t instantly recognized, the Britain-based monitoring group stated.
Paramilitaries belonging to the Lebanese Hezbollah motion and the Fatimid Brigade, which is made up of pro-Iranian Afghan fighters, function within the area, the Observatory stated.
The Israeli army didn’t instantly remark.
Observatory head Rami Abdul Rahman referred to as the Israeli raids the “deadliest since June 2018” when strikes on the identical area killed no less than 55 pro-government fighters, together with Iraqis in addition to Syrians.
The newest raids got here hours after separate strikes close to the Iraqi border on Tuesday killed no less than 12 Iran-backed militia fighters.
The Observatory stated it couldn’t determine the warplanes accountable for the sooner strikes.
The Syrian state information company SANA reported Wednesday’s raids however gave few particulars.
“At 1:10 am (2310 GMT Tuesday), the Israeli enemy carried out an aerial assault on the town of Deir Ezzor and the Albu Kamal region,” SANA stated, citing a army supply.
“The results of the aggression are currently being verified,” it added.
It is lower than every week for the reason that final wave of Israeli strikes in Syria.
On January 7, Israel focused positions within the south and within the southern outskirts of Damascus, killing three pro-Iran fighters.
Israel routinely carries out raids in Syria, principally in opposition to targets linked to Iran in what it says is a bid to stop its arch foe from consolidating a foothold on its northern border.
Israel hit round 50 targets in Syria in 2020, in response to an annual report launched by the Israeli army.
It has carried out tons of of air and missile strikes on Syria since civil battle broke out in 2011,