Exclusive | SOHR discloses further details of human and material losses after Israel’s most intensive attacks on Deir Ezzor
The highest death toll ever: 57 fatalities among Iranian-backed militias and regime forces
As further fatalities have been documented due to the Israeli strikes on Dear Ezzor in the early hours of Wednesday morning following the death of injured members, reliable SOHR sources have confirmed that the number of fatalities has reached at least 57 members, all killed in Israeli airstrikes on positions, weapons warehouses, ammunition and missiles depots affiliated to regime forces, the Lebanese Hezbollah, Iranian forces and their proxy militias, mainly “Fatemiyoun Brigade”, in the area between Deir Ezzor city and the Syria-Iraq border in Al-Bokamal desert.
In Deir Ezzor city, 26 persons were killed in ten strikes by Israeli fighter jets on Ayyash warehouses, Sa’ka camp, the 137th Brigade, the mountain overlooking Deir Ezzor city and other positions on the outskirts of the city, and they were as follows: ten regime soldiers, four members of the “military security” and 12 Iranian-backed militiamen. However, it is not known yet if the fatalities have included members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Lebanese Hezbollah or not. The Israeli strikes on Deir Ezzor city have destroyed weapons and missiles warehouses and headquarters.
While in Al-Bokamal, 16 Iranian-backed Iraqi militiamen were killed in six Israeli airstrikes on positions, weapons warehouses and ammunition depots in the area of “Al-Hezam”, Al-Jam’iyat neighbourhood and other positions in Al-Bokamal desert. This attack destroyed centres and vehicles.
In Al-Mayadeen, however, 15 Iranian-backed non-Syrian militiamen, including 11 Afghani members of “Fatemiyoun Brigade”, were killed in Israeli strikes on positions and weapons warehouses in Al-Mazari’ area in Al-Mayadeen desert in the eastern countryside of Dear Ezzor. The attack also destroyed weapons warehouses and headquarters.
It is worth noting that this death toll is the largest ever since Israel started its attacks on Syria. Moreover, the recent Israeli attack on Deir Ezzor has been the most intensive ever on Syria, while there were no reports about intercepting the Israeli missiles by Syrian regime air-defences. It is also worth noting that Deir Ezzor city, which the attacks targeted, is under the control of Russia.