March 28, 2023

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition war monitor, said the drones appeared to belong to the US-led coalition, adding they targeted six refrigerated trucks . The group said there were casualties and ambulances rushed to the area.

Another activist said the strike hit a convoy of Iran-backed militia trucks. Omar Abu Layla, a Europe-based activist from Deir el-Zour who leads a group monitoring developments, tweeted that there was no immediate news on the casualties.

The pro-government radio station Sham FM also reported that six refrigerated trucks were hit.

In Baghdad, an official from an Iran-backed militia confirmed there had been a strike saying it only targeted a single truck. He gave no word about the casualties.

The attack in eastern Syria came hours after bomb-carrying drones targeted an Iranian defense factory in the central city of Isfahan, causing damage to the factory.

Last month, the Israeli army chief of staff strongly suggested that Israel was behind an attack on a convoy of trucks in Syria in November, giving a rare insight into the war in Israel. shadow of Israel against Iran and its proxies in the region.

Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, who completed his military service earlier this month, said Israel’s military and intelligence capabilities allow it to hit specific targets that pose a threat.

In the past, Israeli leaders have admitted to hitting hundreds of targets in Syria and elsewhere in what they say is a campaign to thwart Iranian attempts to smuggle arms to proxies like the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah or to destroy arms caches.

The November strike hit tanker trucks carrying fuel and other trucks carrying weapons for militias in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour, the Observatory reported at the time. He said at least 14 people, mostly militiamen, were killed in the strike.

The strike, along the border with Iraq, targeted Iran-backed militiamen, Syrian opposition activists said at the time. Some of those killed in the attack were Iranian nationals, according to two paramilitary officers in Iraq.

At the time, Israel declined to comment on the strike.

Iran is a key supporter of Syrian President Bashar Assad and has sent thousands of Iranian-backed fighters to help troops…

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