Drone attack | Airstrikes kill four “Popular Mobilization” militiamen, as they try to enter Syrian territory near al-Bukamal city
SOHR sources say that a drone targeted a vehicle belonging to the Iraqi Popular Mobilization militia, while trying to enter Syrian territory via unofficial border crossings with Iraq near the town of Albukamal in eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor, killing four members who were in the vehicle, and injuring others.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has obtained further details and information about the Israeli attack on Syrian territory yesterday evening. Airstrikes targeted the radar system battalion in the west of Al-Dour village in Al-Suwaidaa countryside, “Najran” battalion, north-west of Al-Suwaidaa at the administrative border with Daraa governorate, and the perimeter of the 1st Division in al-Keswa area and other sites on the Damascus-Daraa road.
It is woth noting that the targeted areas are hosting militias loyal to Iranian forces and Lebanese Hezbollah, as well as regime forces and loyalists.
It is also worth noting that the regime Air-Defences were able to intercept some of the Israeli missiles for the first time in many months, while other missiles reached their targets, and caused human and material losses.
The attack left three people dead, two of them in al-Kiswa area and the other in the radar system battalion in Al-Suwaidaa, while more than 11 people were injured, some seriously. A radar system was also destroyed west of Sweida, as well as the destruction of weapons depots, south of the capital.
SOHR documented 39 aerial and rocket attacks in 2020, during which Israel targeted several positions in Syria, destroying 135 targets, including buildings, warehouses, headquarters, centres and vehicles. These strikes killed 217 people and they were as follows:
- Four civilians, including one woman
- 12 regime soldiers
- 30 Non-Syrian militiamen loyal to Iran and Syrian regime
- 56 militiamen of the Lebanese Hezbollah and the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF)
- 94 pro-Iran non-Syrian militiamen
- 21 Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).
These attacks are also categorised according to the targeted provinces as follows:
- Deir Ezzor: 13 strikes
- Damascus and Rif Dimashq: ten strikes
- Daraa and Al-Quneitra: six strikes
- Homs: five strikes
- Hama: three strikes
- Aleppo: two strikes