Israeli airstrikes on eastern Syria have killed 57 regime forces and allied Iranian-backed fighters in the deadly such attacks since the start of the conflict, a war watchdog group said Wednesday.
The overnight raids on weapons depots and military positions killed at least 14 Syrian regime forces, 16 Iraqi militants and 11 Afghan members of the pro-Iran Fatimid Brigade, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
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“This is the largest death toll from Israeli raids in Syria,” said the head of the Syrian observatory, Rami Abdul Rahman.
The official Syrian news agency Sana said that “the Israeli enemy carried out an air strike on the city of Deir Ezzor and the Albu Kamal region”, adding that “the results of the aggression are currently being verified”.
A spokesman for the Israeli army declined to comment.
Days before the strikes, the Fatimid Brigade transported a shipment of Iranian-made weapons to eastern Syria from nearby Iraq, said the British-based observatory, which relies on a network of sources at the site. They were stored in the targeted region overnight, it added.
It is less than a week since the last wave of Israeli strikes in Syria. On Thursday, Israel targeted positions in the southern and southern outskirts of Damascus, killing three pro-Iran fighters.
Israel routinely conducts raids in Syria, mainly against targets linked to Iran in what they say is an attempt to prevent its arch-enemy from consolidating a foothold at the northern border.
Observers have warned that Donald Trump and Israel could increase ante against Iran and its regional allies in the last days of the US president’s term.
The Trump administration, which is due to make room for Joe Biden on January 20, provided unprecedented US support to the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“In the dying days of the Trump administration, Netanyahu is trying to do as much damage as possible to the IRGC efforts in Syria before Biden takes office,” said Nicholas Heras of the Institute of the Study of War, referring to Iran’s Islamic revolutionaries. Guards.
Israel has carried out hundreds of air and missile attacks on Syria since the outbreak of civil war in 2011, targeting Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah forces as well as Syrian government forces.
Israel rarely recognizes individual strikes, but has done so when responding to what they describe as aggression within Israeli territory.
It hit about 50 targets in Syria by 2020, according to an annual report released by its military.
The latest raids came hours after separate attacks near the Iraqi border killed at least 12 militia fighters backed by Iran on Tuesday. The observatory said it could not identify the warplanes responsible for the previous strikes.
The war in Syria has killed more than 387,000 people and displaced millions more since it erupted following the brutal repression of protests against the government.