The Israeli airstrikes in eastern Syria were carried out with intelligence provided by the United States, an American official says
Israeli airstrikes killed fifty-seven people in eastern Syria on Wednesday, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said after originally reporting twenty-three fatalities.
The strikes hit the areas of Deir al-Zur and Abu Kamal close to Syria’s border with Iraq. The Syrian Observatory said the strikes targeted 18 sites of pro-Iranian militias.
This is the latest in a series of alleged Israeli attacks on Iranian-backed sites throughout Syria, bringing the total to four rounds of aistrikes within two weeks.
The official said the warehouses also served as a pipeline for components that supports Iran’s nuclear program.
The U.S. official, who requested anonymity to speak about sensitive national security matters, said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed Tuesday’s airstrike with Mossad Chief Yossi Cohen, Israel’s spy agency, at Café Milano in Washington on Monday.
On Tuesday, Haaretz’s Amos Harel reported that the Israel Defense Forces, for their part, have been on a high level of defensive alert in recent days.
He added that an aerial defense battery of Patriot missiles was deployed in Eilat, and an exceptionally large presence of fighter planes has been seen in the sky over the country, in all sectors and for a considerable portion of the day.
On January 6, an attack was reported near Al-Kiswah, west of Damascus, not far from the Syrian-Lebanese border. During the preceding 10 days, Arab media reported two additional attacks, one against Syria’s military industrial complex (the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center) north of Damascus and one south of the capital, in the northern portion of the Syrian Golan Heights.