Damascus has dismissed reports of “large explosion” near the town of al-Bukamal in the southern countryside of Deir Ezzor.
The reports emerged on January 30 morning. The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claimed that the explosions took place in the al-Abbas area, where Iranian-backed forces are known to be present.
The monitoring group later said that the explosions destroyed ammunition depots of Iranian-backed forces. The group shared a photo allegedly showing one of the explosions. The photo has not been verified yet.
These claims were later dismissed by the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency, which didn’t comment on the SOHR’s photo.
“The explosions reported by some channels in al-Bukamal in southern Deir Ezzor are untrue,” the agency’s reporter said.
Early on January 13, a series of airstrikes targeted military posts and ammunition depots between Deir Ezzor city and al-Bukamal. According to a new report, the airstrikes were carried out by stealth F-35 fighter jets of the Israeli Air Force. The jets used GPU-39 SDBs [small-diameter bombs].
The explosions reported today near al-Bukamal were likely caused by the disposal of war debris. Any real military incident will be revealed by satellite images, as usual.
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