Early on January 13, the Israeli Air Force carried out a series of intense strikes on targets near the Syrian city of Deir Ezzor and the towns of Al-Mayadin and al-Bukamal.
According to Syria’s state-run news agency SANA, the attack started at 01:10 local time. The Syrian Air Defense Forces were activated to repel the Israeli attack. Nonetheless, despite claims of pro-government sources, a number of targets were hit by Israeli strikes.
The unofficial list of targets, which were hit by the Israeli strikes based on reports by local and opposition sources: the Panorama area, several targets west of Deir Ezzor, the Hay al-Amal area, the industrial area in Deir Ezzor city, a military HQ in the Hei Gazi Ayash area in Deir Ezzor, the Al-Quriya area, the Jebel al-Surda area, the areas of al-Hazam and al-Jamiyat near al-Bukamal, the area of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) base located near the al-Bukamal, the Hamdan airfield, several positions on the road linking the city of Deir Ezzor and the town of al-Mayadin.
Opposition sources claim that at least 23 pro-government and Iranian-backed fighters were killed in the attack.
This became one of the largest strikes on targets on the Syrian-Iraqi border since the start of the war. Taking into account the location of the targets, such an attack was not possible without a direct assistance of the US-led coalition.
The Syrian side said that “the Israeli enemy was directly interfering to support the terrorist organizations, particularly Daesh (ISIS) terrorist organization.”
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