Suspected Israeli airstrikes targeting arms depots and military positions in eastern Syria killed at least nine Syrian soldiers and 31 allied fighters, a monitoring group reported on Wednesday.
Last night’s airstrikes were the deadliest since 2018, a war monitor said on Wednesday.
The Israeli air force allegedly carried out more than 18 strikes against multiple targets from the eastern town of Deir Ezzor to the Iraqi border, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
According to the UK-based monitoring group, the attacks killed nine Syrian soldiers and 31 foreign militia fighters whose nationalities were not immediately known.
“Militias of the Lebanese Hezbollah movement and the Fatimid Brigade, which is made up of pro-Iranian Afghan fighters, operate in the region.” the Observatory said.
The Israeli military did not immediately comment.
Observatory head Rami Abdul Rahman called the Israeli raids the “deadliest since June 2018”. The previous one in 2018 killed at least 55 pro-government fighters, including Iraqis as well as Syrians.
The latest attacks came hours after separate raids near the Iraqi border on Tuesday killed at least 12 Iran-backed militia fighters.