Iraqi militia members stand by a burning truck after a drone attack blamed on Israel near Qaim border crossing with Syria, in Anbar province, Iraq, Aug 25, 2019. (AP)

September 15, 2021

Unidentified drones struck Iranian-backed militia vehicles while they crossed into Syria from Iraq through al-Bukamal, a war monitoring group said on Tuesday.

There were unconfirmed reports of casualties.

Al-Bukamal is the Syrian city that controls the border checkpoint on the main Baghdad-Damascus highway. The highway is part of the main overground supply route linking Iran to its proxy fighters in Syria and Lebanon.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based organisation that monitors the war, said explosions were heard in Deir al Zor, where Iranian-backed militias and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards fighters have a heavy presence.

The US denied having conducted the airstrike. “We can confirm these are not our airstrikes,” a CENTCOM official told Al Arabiya English.

Israel did not comment on the report. However, Tel Aviv rarely comments on its strikes in Syria.

Last January, Israel said it had hit about 50 targets in Syria in 2020.

The Israeli army has carried out hundreds of air and missile strikes on Syria since the civil war broke out in 2011, targeting Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah forces as well as government troops.

Reuters/Al Arabiya

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