Iran-backed militants killed in Syria by unidentified aircraft

At least 18 Iran-backed militants died after unknown aircraft bombed their bases in eastern Syria late Sunday night.

The strikes against militias supported by Iran took place Al Bukamal in the eastern Deir Ezzour province near the Iraqi border, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

“There were sounds of several explosions,” the observatory published.

The pro-Syrian opposition group said it is unknown who carried out the attack, however some accused Israel of doing so.

Since the beginning of the war in Syria in 2011, Israel has conducted regular strikes in Syria, most of them against what it says are Iranian and Hezbollah targets. Israel has long warned it will not accept Iran entrenching itself militarily neither in Syria nor in Iraq.

On Sunday, the Israel Defense Forces did not admit to carrying out the attack, but said Iran-backed militias fired at Israel from within Syria.

A number of rockets were fired from #Syria toward #Israel overnight, all failing to hit Israeli territory.

The rockets were launched by Shiite militias operating under the command of the Iranian Quds Force.

We hold the Syrian regime responsible for events taking place in Syria.

— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) September 9, 2019