Unidentified planes strike Iranian militias in eastern Syria – .

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Unidentified planes strike Iranian militias in eastern Syria – .


An unidentified plane struck a base run by Iranian-backed militias in Syria’s eastern province of Deir al Zor, near the Iraqi border, where Tehran expanded its military presence last year, said Monday residents and military sources.

They said the strikes took place south of the town of Mayadeen, along the Euphrates River, which has become a major base for several Shiite militias, mostly from Iraq, since ISIS militants took over. been hunted almost four years ago.

Iranian-backed militiamen patrolling the streets were put on high alert and ambulances were seen rushing to the desert outskirts of the city after several explosions were heard, two residents said.

“Panicked militias called on pedestrians and cars to clear the city center and the main streets around it,” resident Ahmad al Shawi told Reuters.

Militias now control the predominantly Sunni tribal town, part of a growing presence in Deir al Zor province, according to residents and military sources.

Israel is working in a coordinated fashion to counter Iran (Credit: REUTERS)

The airstrikes were not immediately reported by Syrian state media, which previously denied that thousands of fighters from Iran-backed militias were deployed in large parts of the country.

Israel, alarmed by Iran’s growing regional influence and its military presence in Syria, says it has carried out hundreds of strikes in Syria to slow Iran’s entrenchment.

Over the past year, strikes by Israeli unmanned planes have focused on the border town of Albu Kamal, southeast of Mayadeen, which is on a strategic supply route for militias backed by Iran who regularly send reinforcements from Iraq to Syria.

Iranian-backed militias also control large swathes of the border on the Iraqi side.

Western intelligence sources say Israel has extended airstrikes on alleged arms transfers and deployments by Iranian-backed militias and their Lebanese Hezbollah allies who back Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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