A watchdog group called Deir al-Zour 24, which has extensive networks in the eastern province of Syria, said the attack was targeting at least four positions of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), a terrorist organization that has been deployed in Syria. Assigned by the United States
Al-Mayadeen, Lebanon’s pro-Assad channel with broad access to Syria, said: “Israeli invasions targeted empty locations before the bombing,” said the channel, saying that only material damage remained, aligning the Syrian government after the Israeli attack, and published photographs at “Israeli Invasion”;. Are tiny grains of twisted metal, fallen concrete buildings, and soldiers dug into rubble.
The channel also said that Deir al-Zour’s western warehouses were attacked, as well as other locations in the city and in other locations, including the border crossing, Omar Abu Layla, head of the Deir al-Zour 24 monitoring group, said. The warehouse is the largest the Iranian-backed armed group has in Syria.
The bombing lasted 35 minutes, according to al-Mayadine, and was one of the largest attacks on Syria in years. The Israeli Defense Force said it did not comment on the report in foreign media.
Abu Layla said the attack had killed no more than 40 members of domestic and foreign forces loyal to Assad in a telephone conversation with the Washington Post, he said, the Iranian-backed armed forces. It has brought missiles to Syria for storage in warehouses over the past three weeks.
“This means the Israelites are monitoring the movement very hard and the reason behind the massive attack is targeting these missiles,” he said, speaking from Germany where he was.
“We haven’t noticed a massive attack like it had last night in two years,” he said, adding that it was Israel’s biggest attack on Iran’s position in Syria in the past decade. Most of the attacks target two cities and a 53-mile stretch of desert between them controlled by Iranian support forces, Abu Layla noted, that the intensity of the attacks was at the end of the Trump administration, during which time. A time when Israel might dare to attack such targets.
Israeli warplanes flown low over Lebanon almost daily for three weeks, sometimes attacking Syria to attack. The thunder and drones of drones left the residents of Beirut, the Lebanese capital, who were devastated by the August bombings that killed 200 people and destroyed much of the city center.
Israel recently escalated its attack on Syria. In 2020, there were 50 attacks on Syria, according to IDF statistics. Last month, IDF Chief Lt. Col. Aviv Kochavi said, “The Iranian adherence in Syria is clearly in competition as a result of IDF activities, but we still have a long way to go to achieve our goals in this arena. ”
Rising Israeli attacks on Syria come as regional forces are on the alert during the Trump administration’s final turmoil.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a press conference to Trump, who strongly supported Israel’s campaign to pressure Tehran’s nuclear program to carry out a final military attack on the program before changing Iran’s policy. To President Joe Biden, Elected That expectation was affected by the Pentagon official’s objection report.
But the escalating turmoil in Washington, with Trump facing the prospect of a second impeachment, has raised feelings of unpredictability.The IDF has been on high alert in recent days. It has deployed Iron Dome air defense missiles to the Red Sea city of Eilat to prevent potential attacks from Iranian-backed forces in Yemen, according to a report in the daily Haaretz newspaper.
Defense analysts believe Israel may take advantage of Trump’s last-day uncertainty, as well as Iran’s failure to respond to the latest provocation. Israel is believed to be behind the killing of Iran’s top nuclear scientist in November, and January 3 marks the first anniversary of the US drone strike that killed the general. Iranian Major General Kazem Solimani, commander of the Quds Special Forces of the Revolutionary Guard So far, no retaliatory attacks on Iran’s contracts have emerged.
“It appears Israel is taking advantage of Iran’s comparative weakness in Syria and the game that Tehran is waiting for before US President Joe Biden takes office,” defense analyst Emos Harel said in the comments. Haretz
Steve Hendrix in Jerusalem, Shira Rubin in Tel Aviv and Nader Durgham in Beirut contributed to this report.