Saudi Arabia has denied recent reports claiming that warplanes of its air force had participated in recent airstrikes on Iranian positions near the eastern Syrian city of al-Bukamal.
Saudi sources told the Independent Arabia on September 19 that these claims are baseless, denying the involvement of the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) in any attack within Syria.
“This information is inaccurate,” the news outlet quoted one of the sources as saying.
A day earlier, a Western official told the London-based newspaper that Saudi warplanes participated in an aerial attack that targeted Iranian ammo depots, drones and missile launchers in the outskirt of al-Bukamal.
The Western official’s claims were promoted by several Saudi outlets as a response to the September 14 Abqaiq–Khurais attack.
Several positions of Iranian-backed groups near al-Bukamal were indeed targeted on September 17. However, several sources confirmed that Israel was behind the airstrikes. On September 18, a second wave of airstrikes was reported.
The repeated attacks on al-Bukamal could be an attempt to hinder the reopening of the nearby al-Qa’im crossing, which links the Syrian capital, Damascus, with Iraq’s Baghdad. Israel views the crossing as a threat.