The operation was led by Israel, as part of its operations against Iran’s allies.
Seven people were killed Wednesday in a drone attack on an arms factory belonging to Iranian-backed factions in eastern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH) reported.
The information released did not clarify who is behind the attack in Deir Ezzor province, where Iranian-backed factions have influence and where a US-Israeli-led coalition has carried out attacks in the past.
“Seven people were killed and 15 wounded in a drone strike on an arms factory and a truck loaded with weapons,” both belonging to Iran-backed groups, said Rami Abdel Rahman, who heads the London-based OSDH and a vast network of informants in Syria.
Three pro-Iranian fighters from Afghanistan, three Syrian civilians and an unidentified Syrian were killed, Abdel Rahman told AFP, adding that the attacked building had recently been converted into an arms factory.
The attack on a weapons factory in Syria. Photo SANA / AFP
Israel has carried out repeated air and missile strikes against government forces and their Iran-backed allies in Syria since the civil war broke out in 2011.
A few days ago, protests were held in Israel due to an initiative by the Netanyahu government for judicial reform, which extended to the military sectors.
Hundreds of soldiers in the military reserves have signed letters expressing their reluctance to participate in non-essential missions or have already withdrawn from training missions, according to authorities.
Worrying most is unrest in the air force, where reserve-duty pilots are increasingly upset by the government’s plans, according to officials.
Reserve service pilots typically lead Israel’s regular airstrikes against Syria and the Gaza Strip, and would take part in any major Israeli attack on nuclear facilities in Iran.
Wednesday’s attack targeted a part of Deir Ezzor that houses residences of senior Iranian commanders and senior officials of the Lebanese Hezbollah movement, as well as an Iranian hospital for cholera patients, Abdel Rahman said.