In the early hours of January 10, warplanes of the Israeli Air Force (IAF) targeted an arms shipment on the Syrian-Iraqi border, according to al-Mayadeen.
A security source told the Lebanese news channel that the airstrike targeted a truck that was shipping weapons. The source didn’t clarify the destination of the targeted shipment, or to what side it belongs.
“The airstrikes near the Iraqi border were carried out by warplanes [flying] away from the border, they targeted a truck loaded with weapons,” al-Mayadeen quoted the source as saying.
A few minutes later, the Lebanese channel confirmed that several individuals, likely Iranian-backed fighters, were killed or injured as a result of the airstrikes.
Iraqi sources claimed that the targeted arms shipment belonged to Kata’ib al-Imam Ali, a main member of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU).
The Israeli airstrikes came two days after a missile strike by the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on U.S. bases in Iraq. The strike was a response to a U.S. attack which claimed the lives of Quds Force Commander Maj. Gen. Qassim Soleimani and PMU Deputy-Commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.
The PMU also vowed to respond to the U.S. attack, which took place in Baghdad, by expelling U.S. forces from Iraq by all possible means.