TEL AVIV-Israeli warplanes carried out airstrikes in eastern Syria in the early hours of Wednesday, killing dozens according to the Independent War Monitor in one of the deadliest raids on sites used by Iran-backed militias.
According to Syria’s state news agency SANA, attacks took place in many places on the Syria-Iraq border, including the cities of Deir Azur, Mayadin and al-Bokmal. According to Syrian state media and Suhaib Jaber, who is an independent war monitor, targeted Syrian government positions, arms depots and pro-Iranian militias.
About 40 members of the forces that aligned with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were killed in the strike, according to Omar Abu Laila, who heads the activist network Deir Azor 24.
Israel’s military declined to comment on the strike.
“Israel is determined to stop the Iranian legion in Syria,” said Tajchi Hengbi, Israel’s minister of community affairs and a member of the security cabinet. But he declined to comment specifically on the latest strike.