Two Syrian soldiers have been injured following an Israeli air attack on military posts in Syria’s eastern Deir Az Zor region, state media reported, citing a military source.
Syria’s state news agency SANA said the latest attack by Israel was carried out at 23:50pm local time (20:50 GMT) on Monday.
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“The Israeli enemy launched an air attack on some of our armed forces’ sites in the vicinity of Deir Az Zor, and the aggression led to the injury of two soldiers and some material losses,” SANA reported, citing a military source.
The United Kingdom-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said three explosions were reported near the positions of Iranian-backed armed groups in Deir Az Zor near the Syrian-Iraq border in an attack carried out by unidentified warplanes.
“Iranian militias are deployed near the targeted positions, where the members move from Iraq to Syria and vice versa through illegal routes,” the observatory said, noting that drones attacked targets in the province in early September.
The target was a house where weapons were reportedly stored in Deir Az Zor City, the observatory said.
Israel has for years carried out unacknowledged attacks in Syria against what it has described as Iran-linked targets amid Tehran’s growing influence in the country since it began supporting President Bashar al-Assad in the civil war that started in 2011.
There was no immediate comment from the Israeli army on the latest attack, the Reuters news agency reported.
Late last month, Israel’s military said that its tanks had destroyed two Syrian structures in the Golan Heights. The tanks attacked a location on the Syrian side of the demarcation line between the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights to the west and Syrian-controlled territory to the east, the Israeli military said.
Hundreds of thousands of people have died and millions have been made homeless since protests against Assad’s rule first erupted in 2011 and have since developed into a civil war that has drawn in foreign powers, including Russia, and left Syria carved into zones of control.
Source: Al Jazeera, Reuters