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Airstrikes on Syria-Iraq border leave at least 15 dead
There are conflicting reports on whether the US or Israel carried out the airstrikes
By News Desk - November 09 2022
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At midnight on 9 November, large explosions ripped through the outskirts of the Al Bukamal area following airstrikes launched near the Syrian-Iraqi border crossing in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor.

At least 15 people who were near the blast site have been confirmed dead. However, no accurate reports revealed their identities, nor whether they were servicemen, civilians, border guards, policemen, or affiliated with any local faction in the area.

The Syrian - Iraqi border crossing (source: Google maps)
The exact location of the oil tanks’ targeting/The Syrian-Iraqi border crossing (source: Google maps)

Al-Mayadeen reported that Israeli combat drones targeted two tankers while transporting oil from Iraq toward the Syrian territories.

In recent years, Israel has launched hundreds of airstrikes on Syria, targeting sites held by Syrian forces, alleged positions of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), and the Lebanese resistance group, Hezbollah.

However, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) claimed the targeting pounded a convoy of trucks loaded with weapons and oil tanks belonging to Iran-related armed groups in the customs square area in Al-Hari village and al-Bawwabah al-Askariyah in the surroundings of Al Bukamal.

Iraqi government sources said the “unknown” bombing near the Al-Qaim border crossing targeted oil aid tankers that officially left Iraq for Lebanon.

According to an Iraqi border guard official, 22 oil ships passed through Iraq, and ten trucks were targeted in the attack inside Syrian territory. He pointed out that four trucks were “completely burned,” but no injuries were immediately reported.

Meanwhile, Middle East correspondent for the BBC, Nafiseh Kohnavard, denied the news that US aircraft carried out the airstrikes, quoting a senior official in the US army operating in the east of Syria.

Quoting Abdullah Al-Jaghifi, a member of the United Anbar Alliance, the Kurdish outlet Rudaw said “the US-led international coalition bombed a convoy carrying smuggled oil as soon as it left the Al-Qaim border crossing, towards Syria, by about 25 meters.”

The IRGC holds significant military influence in the border area between Syria and Iraq, and often targets the illegal US bases in the area, which are distributed across the western bank of the Euphrates River in the Deir Ezzor governorate.

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