Iran’s Quds Force denies deaths in Israeli airstrikes in Syria

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Jan 14, 2021

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A deputy commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) denied that any deaths had resulted from a string of airstrikes believed to have been carried out by Israel in Syria earlier this week.

“The attacks left no human casualties,” Ahmad Karimkhani advised Iran’s state Fars News Agency on Thursday. “Despite their fake propaganda, the Zionists do not dare to attack the Iranian and resistance groups’ centers and positions in Syria,” he added.

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Suspected Israeli airstrikes hit a number of areas in and across the cities of Deir ez-Zor, Mayadeen and Abu Kamal in japanese Syria in territory occupied by IRGC-backed forces supporting Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad.

Reports of deaths diverse. Omar Abu Layla, who runs an activist community in Deir Ez-Zor, advised reporters that not more than 40 had been killed. The United Kingdom-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights mentioned 57 had been killed, together with greater than a dozen Syrian military personnel. Most killed had been from Iran-backed Shiite militias, the observatory reported.

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A commander of the IRGC-backed Afghan Fatemiyoun in Syria denied Thursday that any of his militia’s members had been affected, however mentioned Syrian military personnel had been killed within the strikes.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights mentioned Thursday that the strikes brought on the Fatemiyoun to redeploy personnel within the three Euphrates River valley cities to keep away from potential follow-up strikes.

The strikes focused warehouses used to retailer Iranian weapons methods in Syria, a US intelligence official advised The Associated Press on Wednesday. The official additionally mentioned the websites saved supplies wanted for Iran’s nuclear improvement, although it was unclear what.

The United States has sought to strangle Iran’s monetary capacity to help proxy militias overseas in battle zones in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, and has clamped down on Iran’s capacity to acquire sure metals that might be used to fabricate ballistic missiles.

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