War Observatory: Unidentified Planes Target Syrian Regime

An opposition observer of the war in Syria says unidentified planes struck oil-rich areas in the east of the country held by government and Iran-aligned groups

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Unidentified planes struck oil-rich areas in eastern Syria held by government and Iran-aligned groups on Saturday, an opposition war monitor said.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said there were no casualties or material losses in the attack, the second in a week in the province of Deir-Ez- Zor.

At least five explosions were heard, according to the observer, in the Hawijah Kateh area and at a nearby bridge north of the town of Deir-Ez-Zor.

Syrian state media also reported the attack but gave no details. Deir Ez-Zor is a strategic province that borders Iraq and contains oil deposits.

Iran-backed militias and regime forces control the area and have often been targeted by Israeli warplanes in previous strikes. Israel has staged hundreds of strikes on targets in Syria over the years, but rarely acknowledges or discusses such operations.

Last week, an Israeli missile attack on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus killed four soldiers and injured three others. The Syrian Defense Ministry said the attack caused material damage. The Observatory said Iranian arms depots had been targeted.

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