Air strikes have killed pro-Iran fighters in Syria’s Deir Ezzor near the Iraqi border, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) on Sunday December 8th.
“The air raids have hit positions of Iranian forces and allied militias on the edge of the town of Al-Bukamal. Five non-Syrian fighters were killed," SOHR chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.
Syrian government troops, Iranian forces and allied Iran-backed fighters, including some from Iraq, are present in the area on the western banks of the Euphrates River, according to Abdel Rahman.
It was not the first time that air strikes of unknown origin had occurred in the area. At the start of the month, air raids killed 18 pro-Iran fighters and earlier in September, ten Iraqi fighters were killed in air strikes, SOHR reported.
Israel has carried out hundreds of strikes in Syria on what it says are positions of Lebanese Shi’ite movement Hezbollah and Iranian forces, which it has vowed to prevent gaining a foothold in Syrian territory.
The United States-led coalition has acknowledged the carrying out of air strikes against pro-government fighters in Syria and at the same time fighting the Isis terrorist group.