Report_ drones assault convoy in east Syria coming from Iraq

BEIRUT (AP) — Drones attacked a convoy of vans in japanese Syria Sunday evening shortly after it crossed into the nation from Iraq, Syrian opposition activists and a pro-government radio station mentioned. There was no fast phrase on casualties.

The strike comes amid heightening rigidity between Iran and its rivals within the area.

It was not instantly clear who was behind the assault on the convoy within the Syrian border area of Boukamal, which is a stronghold of Iran-backed militias.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition struggle monitor, mentioned the drones seem to have been from the U.S.-led coalition, including that they focused six refrigerated vans. The group mentioned there have been casualties and ambulances rushed to the world.

One other activist mentioned the strike hit a convoy of vans of Iran-backed militiamen. Omar Abu Layla, a Europe-based activist from Deir el-Zour who runs a gaggle that screens developments, tweeted that there was no fast phrase on casualties.


The professional-government Sham FM radio station additionally reported that six refrigerated vans had been hit.

In Baghdad, an official with an Iran-backed militia confirmed there was a strike saying it solely focused one truck. He gave no phrase on casualties.

The assault in japanese Syria got here hours after bomb-carrying drones focused an Iranian protection manufacturing facility within the central metropolis of Isfahan inflicting some injury on the plant.

Final month, Israel’s navy chief of workers strongly prompt that Israel was behind a strike on a truck convoy in Syria in November, giving a uncommon glimpse of Israel’s shadow struggle towards Iran and its proxies throughout the area.

Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, who completed his navy service earlier this month, mentioned Israeli navy and intelligence capabilities made it attainable to strike particular targets that pose a menace.

Israeli leaders have prior to now acknowledged putting tons of of targets in Syria and elsewhere in what it says is a marketing campaign to thwart Iranian makes an attempt to smuggle weapons to proxies like Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group or to destroy weapons caches.

The November strike hit tanker vans carrying gas and different vans carrying weapons for the militias in Syria’s japanese province of Deir el-Zour, the Observatory reported on the time. It mentioned at the least 14 individuals, most of them militiamen, had been killed within the strike.


The strike, alongside the border with Iraq, focused Iran-backed militiamen, Syrian opposition activists mentioned on the time. A few of these killed within the assault had been Iranian nationals, in keeping with two paramilitary officers in Iraq.

On the time, Israel declined to touch upon the strike.

Iran is a fundamental backer of Syrian President Bashar Assad and has despatched 1000’s of Iran-backed fighters to assist Syrian troops through the nation’s 11-year civil struggle. Each Iran and Assad’s authorities are additionally allied with Hezbollah, which has fought alongside Assad’s forces within the struggle.

Israel contemplate Iran to be its chief enemy and has warned towards what it views as its hostile actions within the area.


Abdul-Zahra reported from Baghdad.