East Syria strikes kill 7 Iran-backed fighters: Monitor

Late-night strikes on a position held by Iranian militias and their allies in eastern Syria killed seven fighters. (File/AFP)
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Updated 17 May 2020

East Syria strikes kill 7 Iran-backed fighters: Monitor

BEIRUT: Late-night strikes on a position held by Iranian militias and their allies in eastern Syria killed seven fighters, a war monitor said on Sunday.
It was not immediately clear who carried out the strikes on "a base" controlled by Iranian forces and their proxies near the Syrian-Iraqi border town of Albu Kamal on Saturday night, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
"The attack killed seven Iran-backed paramilitary fighters," the monitor said, also reporting material damage.
The Observatory added that military reinforcements for Iranian militias and their allies had arrived to the area days before the attack.
Iranian-backed militias and their allies command a significant presence in eastern Syria south of the Euphrates Valley.
Israel has launched hundreds of strikes in Syria since the start of the civil war in 2011, targeting government troops, allied Iranian forces and fighters from the Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah.
It rarely confirms details of its operations in Syria, but says Iran's presence in support of President Bashar Al-Assad is a threat and that it will continue its strikes.
Earlier this month, Israeli Defence Minister Naftali Bennett said, "Iran has nothing to do in Syria... (and) we won't stop before they leave Syria."
Bennett accused Iran of "trying to establish itself on the border with Israel to threaten Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa".
On May 5, strikes on positions held by Iran-backed militias and their allies in eastern Syria killed 14 fighters.


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UAE confirms 659 new coronavirus cases

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There were also three fatalities overnight, putting the UAE death toll to 273, state news agency WAM reported.
Another 419 people meanwhile were cleared of COVID-19 infections, bringing patient recoveries to 19,572.
The health ministry reiterated its advisory for people to follow social distancing and other preventive measures to avoid coronavirus transmission.