East Syria Airstrike Kills Five Iran-Backed Terrorists

A general view shows a damaged building in the western Damascus suburbs, Syria, on April 27. (SANA/Handout via Reuters)

An airstrike in eastern Syria on Sunday killed five non-Syrian terrorists backed by Iran, a Britain-based war monitor said.

The strike targeted three military vehicles belonging to Iran-backed paramilitary fighters near the Iraqi border, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, as reported by AFP.

The monitor did not specify who was behind the attack near the border town of Albu Kamal. Still, Observatory head Rami Abdul Rahman said that “Israel was likely responsible.”

Israel has launched hundreds of strikes in Syria since the start of the civil war in 2011, targeting government troops, allied Iranian forces and fighters from the Lebanese Shia terror group Hezbollah.

Israel rarely confirms details of its operations in Syria, but has said time and again that Iran’s presence in support of President Bashar al-Assad is a threat and has vowed to continue its strikes.

Iranian-backed militias and their allies command a significant presence in eastern Syria, south of the Euphrates Valley.

Last month, airstrikes on a base controlled by Iran-backed forces near Albu Kamal killed seven terrorists, according to the Syrian Observatory.

The monitor said that military reinforcements for Iranian militias and their allies had arrived in the area days before.

Israel did not immediately comment on the attack.

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