Israeli air strikes in eastern Syria have killed 57 government forces and allied Iranian-backed fighters in the attack since the start of the conflict.
An overnight siege of armory and military positions has killed at least 14 Syrian government forces, 16 Iraqi militia fighters and 11 Afghan members of the Iranian-supported Fatimid Brigade.
The nationality of the remaining 16 people killed in the 18 protests was not immediately clear.
“This is the largest death toll from an Israeli attack in Syria,” said Rami Abdul Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory.
Sana, the official news agency of Syria, said: “Israel’s enemies carried out air strikes in Deir Ezzor and the Albu Kamal region,” added that “The consequences of the aggression are currently under investigation.”
An Israeli Army spokesman declined to comment.
Days before the strike, Fatimid Brigade transported Iranian-made weapons to eastern Syria from neighboring Iraq, the UK Observatory, which relies on a network of ground sources, said. They were stored in the targeted regions overnight.
It’s been less than a week since the last wave of Israeli attacks in Syria. On Thursday, Israel targeted southern positions and southern shores of Damascus, killing three Iranian professional fighters.
Israel regularly conducts attacks in Syria, largely against Iran-linked targets in what it says is a bid to prevent its key enemies from consolidating their strongholds at the northern border.
Observers warned that Donald Trump and Israel could stand up to Iran and their regional allies on the final day of the US presidency.
The Trump administration, which is making way for Joe Biden on Jan. 20, provides unprecedented support for the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“In the near-death of the Trump administration, Netanyahu tried to damage the IRGC’s efforts in Syria as much as possible before Biden took office,” said Nicholas Heras of the Institute of the The Study of War mentions the Islamic Revolution of the Iranian Guards.
Israel has carried out hundreds of air and missile strikes in Syria since the 2011 civil war, targeting Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah forces, as well as Syrian government forces.
Israel rarely admits that there are individual protests. But did so in response to what was described as an invasion on Israel’s territory.
Attacked about 50 targets in Syria in 2020, according to an annual report released by the military.
The latest raid comes hours after a separate attack near the Iraqi border killed at least 12 Iranian-backed volunteer fighters on Tuesday. The watchtower said it was unable to identify the fighter responsible for the earlier attacks.
The war in Syria has killed more than 387,000 people and has displaced millions since it took off after a brutal crackdown on anti-government protests.