A US intelligence official has claimed that the United States and Israel coordinated the intense airstrikes that targeted eastern Syria over the weekend.
Syria’s state news agency SANA said the strikes hit areas in and near the towns of Deir ez-Zour, Mayadeen and Boukamal along the border with Iraq. The anonymous source is cited by AP as saying the air attacks were carried out by Israeli warplanes with intelligence supplied by the United States.
The source added that the Israeli air attack on Iranian terror cells in Syria came in the wake of a reported meeting between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Director of the Israeli Mossad, Yossi Cohen, at a restaurant in Washington a week earlier.
News outlets in Syria reported that there were casualties in the strikes, with official sources in Syria not commenting on the aftermath of the attack, which, according to the AP-quoted source, targeted warehouses being used to store Iranian weapons and support Iran’s nuclear program. At the same time, Iran denies having troops deployed in Syria, apart from military advisers.
The reported airstrikes by Israel against Iranian terror targets in Syria came just hours after Defence Minister Benny Gantz paid a visit to the Syrian border. Gantz had vowed that Israel would continue to target its enemies “near and far”, according to The Times of Israel.