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A tunnel under excavation at the Imam Ali base in al-Bukamal, Syria, near the Syria-Iraq border.

At least five fighters from Iranian militias were killed in air strikes on Wednesday in eastern Syria near the Iraqi border.

Unidentified aircraft reportedly fired missiles with “smashing explosives,” according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), in the second of two attacks on the city of Al-Bukamal. The attacks took place within hours.

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The town of Al-Bukamal is located on the border between eastern Syria and Iraq and has been a frequent target of the Israel Air Force in recent months because it serves as a passageway between Iraq and Syria. As such, it provides a land bridge for Iran to transport advanced missiles and other weaponry to its proxy militia, the Hezbollah terrorist organization in Syria and Lebanon.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it “monitored high-explosive shelling from an unknown source” that targeted the “47th Brigade’s” headquarters of Iranian proxy militias in the middle of Al-Bukamal in the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor.

The shelling also targeted other positions in the same area, according to the report.

Earlier in the day, there were several other explosions in the area of the Iranian militias as well, the SOHR said, also in the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor near the Iraqi border.

“Sources reported that the explosions were caused by unknown shelling, where the information conflicted about whether it was caused by drones or if it was the result of long-range missiles,” according to the Observatory.

“The shelling targeted an Iranian militia headquarters in Al-Jam’eyyat neighborhood of Al-Bukamal city. Other explosions also took place in Al-Jala’a Desert in Al-Bukamal countryside,” according to SOHR.

There was no information about the extent of casualties.

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