Early on October 6, an Iranian weapons shipment arrived in the eastern Syrian governorate of Deir Ezzor, according to the Syrian Observatory (SOHR) for Human Rights.
The London-based monitoring group said that the shipment entered from Iraq through an unofficial border crossing. The weapons, which included short-range rockets and their launchers, were moved to the town of al-Mayadin in the southern countryside of Deir Ezzor. They were allegedly stored in tunnels dug beneath the town’s citadel.
“This was one of the few times in which a weapons shipment entered late at night, in most cases such shipments enter at morning,” the group said in a report.
The Iranian-supplied weapons were likely handed over to Syrian and Iraqi forces, who have been combating ISIS cells in central Syria and guarding the border line with Iraq for more than three years now.
Last week, the SOHR revealed that Iranian officers of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps had been training some 25 Syrian pro-government fighters in southern Deir Ezzor on the use of newly-deployed drones.
Iranian weapons shipments continue to pour into Syria despite the US and Israel’s relentless efforts to prevent Tehran from moving advanced weapons, such as precision-guided missiles and drones, to Syrian pro-government forces and Lebanon’s Hezbollah.
The US and Israel were both blamed for several strikes that targeted Iranian-backed forces along the Syrian-Iraqi border this year. The most recent strike targeted a position in the outskirt of the Syrian town of al-Bukamal near the border line.
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