New airstrikes in Syria attributed to Israel kill nine Iranian fighters

9 Iranian fighters killed in a second wave of airstrikes in Syria attributed to Israel, observer group claims, bringing death toll to 15.

David Rosenberg ,

Israeli strikes in Syria (archive)
Israeli strikes in Syria (archive)
Reuters

Airstrikes were reported in eastern Syria, Sunday, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Sunday afternoon.

The report said Israel was “likely responsible” for the bombings, which hit Iranian positions outside of Al-Bukamal in the Deir ez-Zor district of eastern Syria.

At least nine Iranian-backed fighters were killed in the strikes, the SOHR said, adding that the number of fatalities is expected to rise since a number of people at the target sites had been seriously injured, including some in critical condition. Some of the dead are non-Syrian nationals, though the report did not specify how many.

Several weapons depots were reportedly destroyed in the bombings.

This is the second wave of airstrikes reported in Syria in less than 24 hours.

On Saturday night, airstrikes were reported in eastern Syria, with at least six fighters, including four Syrian nationals and two foreign nationals, killed in the al-Abbas village near the border with Iraq.

The SOHR said Israel was also likely responsible for the airstrikes Saturday night.

Israel has not commented on either incident, in keeping with its policy of not publicly taking credit for attacks on Iranian forces stationed in Syria.



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