Iranian forces had arrested four of its own fighters who were suspected of collaborating with Israel in the eastern Syrian governorate of Deir Ezzor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on June 28.
“Iranian forces launched security campaigns targeting its own personnel and collaborators, on charges of collaborating and dealing with Israel, at least four have been arrested, thus far,” the monitoring group said in its report.
According to the SOHR, Iranian forces were also redeployed in southern Deir Ezzor. Furthermore, a number of positions in the region were fortified.
The UK-based group claimed that two waves of Israeli airstrikes had hit Iranian forces’ positions in Deir Ezzor on June 28. A number of Iranian-backed fighters were allegedly killed or injured. This incident was not covered by other sources, which casts doubt on the accuracy of this information.
Earlier this month, Commander of the Iranian Quds Force, Brigadier General Esmail Ghaani, paid a secret visit to Syria’s Deir Ezzor, where he oversaw ongoing operations against ISIS remnants.
Iranian forces maintain a large presence in southern Deir Ezzor, especially in the city of al-Bukamal which is located on the Syrian-Iraqi border. Israel is openly trying to push Iran out of the region.