US-Iranian escalation | Iran-backed factions transfer surface to surface missiles from castle to areas around al-Mayadeen
Deir Ezzor province: SOHR activists, in western Euphrates area, have reported that Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards have withdrawn large number of Iranian-made missiles from al-Rahaba castle around al-Mayadeen in eastern Deir Ezzor countryside in the past few hours.
According to SOHR, the forces have transferred the rockets by ferries amid strict security measures towards Tal al-Bateen and Hawi al-Mayadeen area, which are the same areas where the Iranian forces have established launcherpads in May. It is worth noting that the bases areas are directed towards eastern Euphrates under control of the SDF and the al-Homar oil field in the nearest area to the bases. The transfer of missile coincided with growing escalations between the US and the Iranian sides recently.
Yesterday, SOHR activists reported hearing several explosions in al-Omar oil field which hosts the largest military base of the International Coalition in Syria, as several missiles fired from areas under the control of Iranian-backed militias in al-Mayadeen countryside in Deir Ezzor countryside, west of the Euphrates river, hit the field’s residences. However, no casualties have been reported.
On May 1, reliable sources in areas controlled by Iranian forces in west Euphrates region have told SOHR that the Iranian-backed militias have established rocket launchpads in the past few hours, where the missiles have been oriented to areas under the control of Syria Democratic Forces and the International Coalition in eastern Euphrates.
According to SOHR sources, the Iranian-backed militias have established 13 launchpads with surface-to-surface Iranian-made missiles on al-Bateen hills on the outskirts of al-Mayadeen in the east of Deir Ezzor, while nine similar launchpads have been established in a barn in Hawi al-Mayadeen area. It is worth noting that all of these rocket launchpads have been oriented to east Euphrates region, while the nearest position, al-Omar oil field, is located on the opposite bank of the river. However, no confirmed information has been reported regarding the reason behind establishing these rocket launchpads or about their target.
On April 21, reliable sources in al-Mayadeen city in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor informed the Syrian Observatory that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps transported Iranian-made missiles, stored in the basements of al-Rahbaa archaeological fortress nearby al-Mayadeen in the west of Euphrates region, to areas under the control of Iranian forces in the eastern countryside of al-Raqqah. The shipment of missiles was transported also in trucks used for transporting vegetables and fruit as a part of camouflage. Meanwhile, the reasons behind the transport of the missiles to this area remained unclear, especially since it coincided with the Russian movements a few kilometres away from this area, specifically in Ma’adan Atiq desert, near the administrative border between Deir Ezzor and al-Raqqah.