BEIRUT, 10 Jan. (DPA / EP) –
At least eight people have died as a result of several airstrikes launched by unidentified aircraft against a pro-Iranian militia in Syria, in an area near the border with Iraq, as reported by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The London-based organization, which has a wide network of activists throughout Syrian territory, has said that the airstrikes were carried out on Thursday night through Friday and reached several weapons depots and military vehicles of the Forces of Popular Mobilization in the area of Albu Kamal, in eastern Syria, next to the border with Iraq. The Observatory has said that the dead are foreign militiamen. The Syrian and Iraqi authorities have not ruled on what happened.
These airstrikes arrive at a time of tension between Iran and the United States following the death of General Qasem Suleimani due to an attack by an American drone at the Baghdad airport on January 3.
Lebanese television pro-Iran Al Mayadín, citing sources of security services, has said that the airstrikes have been the work of Israeli military aircraft. A military spokeswoman for the Israeli Defense Forces has said she does not make statements about foreign media information.
In recent months, Israel has carried out similar attacks against pro-Iranian military installations in Syria. Iran and its allied militias in Iraq and Lebanon are the main support of the regime that presides in Syria Bashar al Assad, in addition to Russia.