Iranian-backed forces in Syria’s Deir Ezzor have been placed on a high-alert, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on December 5.
The London-based monitoring group said that all Iranian military positions between the Syrian-Iraqi border and the city of al-Mayadin in southern Deir Ezzor are currently on a high-alert.
“The Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) have brought in military reinforcement from their positions in Palmyra city and the eastern countryside of Homs to the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor,” the SOHR’s report reads.
The SOHR also noted that all posts and checkpoints in the cities, towns and villages of southern Deir Ezzor had been reinforced by the IRGC.
The military buildup in Deir Ezzor comes amid high tensions between Israel and Iran. Officials in Tehran believe that the Israeli intelligence was behind the assassination of the country’s top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
Fakhrizadeh was killed in the outskirts of Tehran on November 27, supposedly with a remotely-controlled machine gun installed on the back of a booby-trapped pickup truck.
In the last few years, the Israeli Air Force carried out multiple airstrikes on Syrian and Iranian positions in Deir Ezzor. Most of the strikes targeted an alleged missile base of the IRGC a few kilometers away from Iraq’s border.
Earlier this week, Reuters reported that a commander of the IRGC was killed, along with three other individuals, in an airstrike that targeted the Syrian-Iraqi border. The Iranian side denounced these reports as fake.
The recent military developments in Deir Ezzor show how Syria has become a battlefield, on which Iran and Israel settle their differences.
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