BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:05 P.M.) – Israel carried out the deadly attack in southeast Syria that killed over 40 personnel from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Iraq’s Hashd Al-Sha’abi, an unnamed U.S. official told CNN.
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) declined to comment to CNN regarding the attack.
Albukamal is a long distance from the Israeli border, but it would be a viable target for their military, given the large presence of Iranian-backed forces near the Iraqi-Syrian border.
Israel has also never attacked the Syrian military this far from their border, so if they were behind this – this would be the first time they have every bombed the Deir Ezzor Governorate.
Though, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did vow to attack the Iranian-backed forces anywhere inside Syria during his weekly cabinet meeting.
This is a threat that he and his Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman have made on several occasions in the past.