Suspected Israeli Airstrikes Kill at Least Six Militants in Eastern Syria

Israel also launched airstrikes targeting Aleppo

Three suspected Israeli airstrikes hit eastern Syria near the Iraqi border on Saturday, killing at least six militants.

The strikes hit targets near the city of al-Bukamal in the Deir Ezzor province. Both the US and Israel have launched airstrikes in the area before, but a US official told The Associated Press that the US was not responsible for this round.

Israel has not commented, but Israeli officials typically maintain a policy of ambiguity when it comes to bombing Syria and do not comment on individual strikes. The Israeli media outlet Ynet described the airstrikes as “attacks attributed to the” Israeli Defense Forces. Syria’s Defense Ministry also reported Israeli airstrikes on the city of Aleppo later on the same day, with only some material damage reported.

Iraqi militia sources told AP that four members of Lebanon’s Hezbollah were killed in the strikes near al-Bukamal as well as two Syrian militants. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) put the death toll much higher, saying 25 were killed, five Syrian nationals and 20 non-Syrians, but the number is not confirmed.

Israel has bombed Syria with impunity for years and has ramped up airstrikes on the country since October 7. The US has also launched several rounds of airstrikes against Shia militias in eastern Syria and Iraq in response to attacks on US bases that started over President Biden’s full-throated support for Israel’s onslaught in Gaza.

The last known US airstrikes in Iraq were launched on December 25. President Biden said they were meant to “deter” the Shia militias, but the attacks on US bases in Iraq and Syria have not stopped and continued through the weekend.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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