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Drones strike bases housing US occupation troops in eastern Syria

In this file picture, a US soldier is seen in northeastern Syria, December 16, 2020. (Photo by US Army Reserve)

Three military facilities occupied by US forces in Syria’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr and neighboring Hasakah province have come under separate attacks by armed unmanned aerial vehicles.

Lebanon’s Arabic-language al-Mayadeen television news network, citing local sources speaking on condition of anonymity, reported that an explosive-laden drone targeted the US-run military facility in al-Malikiyah town of Hasakah province on Saturday afternoon.

There were no immediate reports about the extent of damage at the military facility, and possible casualties.

This came shortly before a combat drone struck the base which houses US troops at Conoco gas field in Dayr al-Zawr province.

Another explosion ripped through the al-Omar oil field in the same Syrian province shortly afterwards, as an unmanned aerial vehicle hit the vicinity of the US base set up in the energy-rich region.

Sabereen News, a Telegram news channel associated with Iraqi anti-terror Popular Mobilization Units, also reported all three incidents.

The strike comes amid rising anti-US sentiment over Washington’s firm support for the Israeli onslaught against Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip, which has killed at least 18,800 people, including 6,200 women and 8,000 children, in Gaza since. Another 51,000 individuals have been wounded.

The United States, Israel’s great benefactor, has provided the regime with arms and ammunition since the initiation of the Gaza war.

The US House of Representatives on November 2 passed a standalone $14.3-billion military assistance package for Israel. The legislation, however, is yet to clear the Senate.

Washington has also vetoed United Nations Security Council resolutions that called on the occupying regime to cease its aggression.

A Pentagon official said on Thursday that US troops have been targeted at least 97 times in Iraq and Syria since October 17, including five attacks this week alone.

From October 17 to December 13, there were 45 attacks in Iraq and an additional 52 in Syria, involving a combination of one-way attack drones, rockets, and close-range ballistic missiles, according to the official.

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