Baghdad, Oct 23 (EFE).- Iraqi Shia militia groups on Monday claimed to have attacked at least three US military bases in eastern Syria, near the border with Iraq, as the militia intensified its drone and rocket attacks against US forces in the region, following the conflict in the Gaza Strip.
The Islamic Resistance in Iraq, a coalition of the pro-Iranian militia groups, said it has targeted at least three “US occupation bases,” using exploding drones that hit their targets “directly.”
It added the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) loaded with explosives have targeted the Al-Tanf, Al-Rukban, and Al-Malikiya bases in eastern and northeastern Syria near the border with Iraq.
The US-led coalition forces have not yet released any information about these attacks.
The nonprofit Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in a statement that US forces managed to intercept and neutralize at least three drones belonging to Iranian-backed militias before they could reach their intended targets near the Iraq border.
These attacks in Syria occurred shortly after the Iraqi government condemned a series of rocket and drone attacks on military bases hosting US-led coalition forces in Iraq.
In the aftermath of the conflict between Israel and the militant group Hamas in Palestine, there has been a significant increase in such attacks by Iran-backed militia groups over the past two weeks, primarily targeting US bases in Iraq and eastern Syria.
The Shiite militia groups have claimed responsibility for a total of at least ten rocket and explosive drone attacks.
The militia groups recently had warned they would increase attacks on US bases, if Washington continued to support Israel and its ongoing operation in the besieged Gaza Strip.
The Pentagon has announced the deployment of missile defense systems in various regions of the area to bolster the protection of US forces. EFE