16 militiamen die in Syria, says Human Rights Observatory
Cairo, Sep 3 (EFE) .- At least 16 members of pro-Iranian militias and the Iraqi Hezbollah died in two separate bombings in the province of Deir al Zur, in southeastern Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported today. .
The NGO, based in the United Kingdom but with its own network of informants in Syria, said that early Thursday morning “probably Israeli” fighter jets bombed the area of Al Mayadin, causing seven deaths and an unknown number of injuries.
“The death toll is expected to increase given the number of wounded, some of them in serious condition,” the observatory said.
On the other hand, a probably Israeli plane, according to this organization, attacked targets of the Iranian forces and their militia in the Thulat area, within the Albu Kamal desert, also Deir al Zur, causing nine deaths among the militiamen.
And on Wednesday night there was another attack against Iranian positions in the area of Al Tifor airport, in the eastern part of Homs (west), from the Syrian desert airspace, the Observatory said.
This is the second attack in two days against that airport, in which, according to the official SANA agency, anti-aircraft batteries killed “almost all the missiles.”
No victims of that attack have yet been reported.
Israel tends to bomb targets of forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies, Lebanese or Iranian Shiite militias, causing casualties among its ranks, although it has rarely confirmed these operations.
The Israeli authorities consider that Iran’s presence in Syria represents a threat to their country.
The Syrian government, for its part, has repeatedly urged the UN to adopt measures to deter Israel and prevent such attacks, which have occurred more or less regularly since the beginning of the conflict in Syria in 2011.