57 killed in deadliest Israeli strikes on Syria in years

57 killed in deadliest Israeli strikes on Syria in years


Beirut: The war surveillance team said on Wednesday that the Israeli airstrike in eastern Syria killed 57 regime troops and allied forces, which was the deadliest blow since the beginning of the conflict.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said overnight raids on weapons depots and military positions killed at least 14 Syrian regimes, 16 Iraqi militias and 11 Afghans from the pro-Iranian Fatimid brigade.

The nationalities of the remaining 16 people killed in the 18 strikes are currently unclear.

“This is the largest death toll from Israeli raids in Syria,” Observatory head Rami Abdul Rahman told AFP.

The official Syrian news agency SANA said “the Israeli enemy carried out an aerial assault on the town of Deir Ezzor and the Albu Kamal region”, only adding that “the results of the aggression are currently being verified”.

Contacted by AFP, an Israeli army spokesperson declined to comment.

Days before the strikes, the Fatimid Brigade transported a consignment of Iranian-manufactured weapons to eastern Syria from neighbouring Iraq, said the Observatory, which is based in the United Kingdom.

They were stored in the region targeted overnight, it added.

The monitoring team stated that in June 2018, a strike in the same area killed at least 55 pro-government fighters, including Iraqis and Syrians.

The latest attack occurred hours after an independence strike near the Iraqi border. On Tuesday, at least 12 Iranian-backed militia fighters were killed.

The observatory said it could not determine the fighter that caused the strike.

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