57 dead in Israeli raids in eastern Syria

Yesterday, Israeli raids on weapons depots and military sites in eastern Syria left 57 people dead, including 14 members of the Syrian forces, according to what was reported by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

This death toll, according to Rami Abdul Rahman, director of the observatory, told AFP, "the bloodiest that Israeli raids have expected in Syria" since Israel began bombing sites in Syria.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that intensive Israeli bombardment targeted after midnight on Tuesday, Wednesday, the area extending from the city of Deir Ezzor to the Syrian-Iraqi border in the Albu Kamal desert.

According to the Observatory, the bombing affected warehouses and a camp on the outskirts of Deir Ezzor, sites and weapons depots in the Albu Kamal desert, and others in the Al-Mayadeen desert, belonging to the Syrian forces, the Lebanese Hezbollah, Iranian forces and groups loyal to them.

According to the observatory, the bombing of the three regions killed 24 non-Syrian pro-Iranian fighters.

In addition, 37 others were injured, some of them in serious cases.

For its part, the official Syrian News Agency "SANA" quoted a military source as saying that "at dawn yesterday, Israel carried out an air aggression against the city of Deir Ezzor and Al-Bukamal area," without any additional details.

There was no official comment from the Israeli side about the strikes.

"These are the most violent strikes carried out by Israel on the Deir Ezzor governorate in nearly two years," the director of the Syrian Observatory told AFP.

The bombing hit a camp in Deir Ezzor, and weapons depots in the Albukamal desert.

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