Israeli Strike Targets pro-Iranian Militias Near Syria-Iraq Border, Watchdog Reports

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says attack east of Deir el-Zour killed six, in second attack in Syria attributed to Israel within a week

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An airstrike in the Damascus area that was attributed to Israel, 2019.
An airstrike in the Damascus area that was attributed to Israel, 2019.Credit: SANA / AP
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Airstrikes targeted pro-Iranian militias in Syria near the Iraqi border on Saturday night, said the Syrian Observatory for Human rights, which said the attacks were being attributed to Israel.

According to the report, six militia members were killed, including four Syrian nationals, in the attack east of the city of Deir el-Zour.

It was the second attack in Syria that was attributed to Israel by foreign reports within a week. Last week, Syrian state television reported that air defenses had intercepted an attempted Israeli strike. According to that report, sites in the southeastern city of As-Suwayda and Deir el-Zour in the east were attacked.

Syrian television said two soldiers were killed and four wounded in the As-Suwayda attack, while the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said five members of an Iranian militia were killed in the Deir el-Zour strike.

About three weeks ago, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that drones had attacked a base used by a pro-Iranian militia in the Deir el-Zour area. According to the group, 12 militia members, Shi'ite fighters from Iraq and Afghanistan, were killed when eight missiles were fired. Arms depots and vehicles were reportedly damaged.

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