Three airstrikes conducted overnight on Saturday in eastern Syria, close to a key border crossing with Iraq, killed six Iran-backed militants.
This event unfolds against the backdrop of longstanding tensions in the region, with Israel frequently engaging in air raids on Syrian territory over the past decade.
According to reports from the Syrian Ministry of Defense, Israeli aircraft attacked the Iranian military outposts in Aleppo, Syria, causing material damage.
Israel carried out an aerial aggressionfrom the direction of the Mediterranean Sea, west of Latakia, targeting a number of points south of the city of Aleppo.- Syrian Ministry of Defense
The Syrian state media, citing a military source, revealed that Israel carried out the aerial aggression from the direction of the Mediterranean Sea, west of Latakia.
The Israeli enemy carried out an air attack… targeting a number of points south of the city of Aleppo.- The Syrian state media
The targets were located south of the city of Aleppo, and the attack occurred at approximately 5:20 pm on a Saturday. Pro-government radio station Sham FM noted that the strikes were near Aleppo's airport, although the airport itself remained undamaged.
Al Jazeera's Ali Hashem reported that these attacks on Aleppo were not unprecedented. Over the years, there have been several instances of similar strikes on Aleppo and other Syrian locations.
Furthermore, this latest assault appears to be part of a pattern of attacks, including a recent strike on Albu Kamal, a region on the Syria-Iraq border.
The connection between these attacks suggests a strategic approach, possibly linked to the killing of an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander in Damascus a few days prior.
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The attack on Aleppo followed another Israeli air raid on a southern Lebanese town earlier on the same Saturday. This incident came in response to Hezbollah, an Iran-backed group, claiming responsibility for three attacks on Israeli military bases along the border.
The ongoing tit-for-tat exchanges between Israel and Hezbollah have intensified, causing concerns about a broader regional conflict.
The escalating tensions in Syria and Lebanon occur amid fears that the Israeli military operation in Gaza, ongoing since October 7, could trigger a wider regional conflict.
Three overnight airstrikes on eastern Syria near the border crossing with Iraq resulted in the deaths of six Iran-backed militants.
Following an attack on a U.S. military base in northern Iraq, an umbrella group of Iranian-backed Iraqi militants claimed responsibility for these strikes.
In the almost three months of Israeli operations in Gaza, nearly the entire 2.3 million population of the strip has been displaced, and at least 21,672 Palestinians, mostly women and children, have been murdered.
Concerns that Israel's battle in Gaza may escalate into a broader regional confrontation have prompted strikes in Syria and Lebanon.
The recent events in Syria, Lebanon, and the wider Middle East underscore the fragile state of the region.
The tit-for-tat exchanges between Israel and Iran-backed groups, coupled with the ongoing conflict in Gaza, raise concerns about the potential for a broader regional conflagration.
The situation remains fluid, and the international community closely watches developments in the hope of de-escalation and stability.