An unknown aircraft targeted, at midnight last night, The Syrian-Iraqi border In the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor, trucks carrying weapons and oil tanks belonging to the Iranian militias were targeted in the customs square area in Al-Hari and the military gate in the Al-Bukamal countryside, east of Deir ez-Zor.
A militia military site was also targeted near the area, causing heavy casualties, as 14 people have been confirmed killed so far, most of them from militias affiliated with Iran.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the death toll is likely to rise because of the wounded, some of whom are in a critical condition, in addition to information about others killed, in addition to heavy material losses as a result of targeting weapons trucks and fuel tanks.
In response to a question by Agence France-Presse, a spokeswoman for the international coalition led by the United States confirmed that the attack was not a raid by the US army or the coalition.
Nor was the observatory or an official in the Iraqi border guards able to immediately determine the nature of the attack or the party responsible for it.
According to an Iraqi border guard official, the strike in Syria targeted a convoy of “tanker trucks loaded with fuel from Iran” that passed through Iraq and was on its way to Lebanon.
He explained that 22 tanker trucks passed through Iraq and ten trucks were targeted in the attack after they passed through Syrian territory. He pointed out that four trucks were “completely burned”, but no injuries were reported immediately.
Armed groups loyal to Iran enjoy significant military influence in the border area between Syria and Iraq, and are spread on the western bank of the Euphrates River in the Syrian governorate of Deir ez-Zor. Iran provides military support to the Assad regime in the conflict in Syria.
On October 18, the Syrian Observatory reported that a helicopter of the “International Coalition” was targeted by bursts launched from locations near the old airport and Jabal al-Omal overlooking the neighborhoods of Deir ez-Zor city, where the regime forces and pro-Iranian militias are stationed, coinciding with hearing the sounds of heavy machine guns from The “Coalition” base in the Konico gas field, north of Deir ez-Zor.
The Syrian Observatory also monitored 5 air strikes by coalition warplanes on Iranian militia sites in Deir ez-Zor last August, which caused the death of 11 militiamen, in addition to causing material losses to the targeted sites.