On March 6, an explosion rocked al-Omar oil fields in northeastern Syria, where the US-led coalition maintains a large base.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the explosion took place in a residential complex located right next to the US-led coalition’s base. According to the London-based monitoring group, the explosion was caused by a “landmine”.
Following the explosion, three drones of the US-led coalition were spotted flying over the towns of al-Shheell and al-Hawaij which are located next to al-Omar oil fields.
No casualties or material losses were reported as a result of the mysterious explosion. The US-led coalition and its main proxy in northeastern Syria, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), have not commented on the incident yet.
The US-occupied al-Omar fields, which are located in the southeastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, include some of Syria’s richest oil wells.
The explosion may have been the result of an attack with a landmine or an improvised explosive device on a vehicle of the SDF or the US-led coalition near al-Omar’s main base.
In the last few months, several attacks targeted the US-led coalition’s base in al-Omar oil fields. Iranian-backed Syrian and Iraqi forces were unofficially blamed for most of these attacks, which were carried out with rockets and suicide drones.