The recent Israeli strikes on the eastern Syrian governorate of Deir Ezzor have destroyed large ammunition depots of the Syrian military, the Deir Ezzor 24 blog reported on January 13.
The ammunition depots, known as the Ayash depots, are located northwest of the Deir Ezzor city center. Deir Ezzor 24 shared photos showing one of the destroyed ammunition depots, where 122 mm Grad rockets were apparently stored.
Early on January 13, a series of Israeli strikes targeted the depots and several other military positions located between Deir Ezzor city and the town of al-Bukamal in the governorate’s southern countryside.
Photos show the destruction of a missile depot of Fatimiyeon militia in Aiyash warehouses areas west of Deir Ezzor city, as a result of the airstrikes carried out by warplanes, believed to be Israeli, in Deir Ezzor last night. pic.twitter.com/TWgnCV3UJ3
— Omar Abu Layla (@OALD24) January 13, 2021
A US intelligence official told the Associated Press that the strikes targeted warehouses in Deir Ezzor that were being used in a “pipeline” to store and stage Iranian weapons and components for the country’s nuclear program.
Dozens of Syrian and Iranian-backed Iraqi and Afghan fighters were allegedly killed as a result of the Israeli strikes on Deir Ezzor.
According to a report by the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Iranian forces are now redeploying their fighters in Deir Ezzor and its countryside.
“A group of Iranian-backed militias has been deployed in residential neighborhoods for fear of future airstrikes, the other group has been deployed in their affiliated posts,” the monitoring group said in its report.
The Israeli attack on Deir Ezzor was a military success. However, it failed to change the situation in the governorate. Iranian forces still operate in Dir Ezzor just like before. There are no signs of any nearing Iranian withdrawal.
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