(June 7, 2020 / JNS) Twelve Iranian-backed fighters were killed on Saturday night in drone strikes in the Deir ez-Zor region of eastern Syria, according to a U.K.-based Syrian opposition war monitor.
The Iranian positions were hit by eight strikes just before midnight, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOAR) said on Sunday. The Iranian-backed militias had brought in reinforcements to the positions three days ago, according to the report.
Separately, on Thursday, Syrian news agency SANA reported that Israel had carried out an airstrike in a central Syrian town, causing explosions and a large fire.
Residents in Lebanon said that they heard jets flying towards Syria at low altitude, according to an AP report.
Last week, there was another airstrike in eastern Syria, near the Iraqi border, targeting three military vehicles belonging to Iran-backed fighters, according to SOAR.
Five foreign fighters were killed in the strike, for which “Israel was likely responsible,” said SOAR head Rami Abdul Rahman, according to the AFP.
Israel has reportedly carried out hundreds of airstrikes in Syria since the Syrian Civil War broke out in 2011, targeting Iranian and its allies, including Lebanese-based Hezbollah.
Support Jewish Journalism
with 2020 Vision
One of the most intriguing stories of the sudden Coronavirus crisis is the role of the internet. With individuals forced into home quarantine, most are turning further online for information, education and social interaction.
JNS's influence and readership are growing exponentially, and our positioning sets us apart. Most Jewish media are advocating increasingly biased progressive political and social agendas. JNS is providing more and more readers with a welcome alternative and an ideological home.
During this crisis, JNS continues working overtime. We are being relied upon to tell the story of this crisis as it affects Israel and the global Jewish community, and explain the extraordinary political developments taking place in parallel.
Our ability to thrive in 2020 and beyond depends on the generosity of committed readers and supporters. Monthly donations in particular go a long way in helping us sustain our operations. We greatly appreciate any contributions you can make during these challenging times. We thank you for your ongoing support and wish you blessings for good health and peace of mind.