Syria: Seven dead in an air strike against trucks carrying weapons

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This raid targeted the convoy in the Bukamal district

Seven people were killed in a raid by unidentified planes on Sunday night against a convoy of trucks loaded with weapons from Iran in eastern Syria, a Syrian non-governmental organization said today.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, seven truck drivers or people accompanying them, “all non-Syrian”, died in this raid that targeted the convoy in the Bukamal district, on the border with Iraq.

The attack targeted six refrigerated trucks, loaded with Iranian weapons, that had just entered Syrian territory after crossing the Iraqi border, added the NGO, which has an extensive network of sources in war-torn Syria.

“The trucks were loaded with Iranian weapons,” Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told AFP. Iran supports the Syrian regime and pro-Iranian militias are deployed in the region which borders Iraq.

According to this NGO, at least two similar convoys had entered Syria this week from Iraq.

In November, a raid targeted a convoy of weapons and fuel tankers destined for pro-Iranian militias in Syria, near the border with Iraq, killing at least 14 people, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

In December, Israel’s chief of staff, Avi Kohavi, revealed that his country had carried out the raid, adding that the convoy was carrying weapons bound for Lebanon, where the pro-Iranian militant group Hezbollah operates.

Israel has rarely claimed responsibility for its raids in neighboring Syria, which have mostly targeted pro-Iranian militias, but has said it wants to prevent Iran’s military buildup on its borders.

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