Thursday 19 September 2019

Reports: First direct hit by Saudis against Iran in eastern Syria

Saudi fighter jets strike pro-

Iran militias in eastern Syria:

Independent Arabia

18 September, 2019

Saudi Arabian fighter jets participated in a recent operation targeting Iranian militia positions in the eastern Syrian city of Albu Kamal across from the Iraqi border, according to a report by Independent Arabia citing a western source.

The source told the news outlet that the operations resulted in the killing and wounding of several militants as well as the destruction of several weapons depots, including missiles and drones.

Saudi fighter jets, including jets [from other countries] monitored changes in the positions of Iranian militias, especially those of the Quds Force in Albu Kamal and other areas in the Iraqi-Syrian border, destroying warehouses, batteries, missiles and a drone base all believed were about to be used by Iran to strike other Saudi targets after targeting Aramco,” the western source, who declined to be named, told Independent Arabia.

The report said that unidentified drones were reported in the skies over Albu Kamal city and areas under the control of Iranian militias on Wednesday.

A day earlier, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said overnight airstrikes killed 10 pro-Iranian Iraqi militiamen in Albu Kamal without specifying who carried them out.

The report noted that the strike was the second of its kind to target Iranian and pro-Iran militias in the city this month.

An Al Arabiya correspondent said that explosions were heard in the Iraqi town of Qa’im on Tuesday near the Syrian border at around 12:30 am.

Last Update: Wednesday, 18 September 2019 KSA 21:10 - GMT 18:10

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