Syrian opposition activists have reported a drone attack on an oil facility in eastern Syria. The facility houses American troops and is located near a U.S. base in the same area. The attack targeted the Conoco gas field in the province of Deir el-Zour, which shares a border with Iraq.
Casualties and Response
As of now, there is no information available about any casualties resulting from the attack. The U.S. military has not yet responded to requests for confirmation.
Details of the Attack
According to Omar Abu Layla, the head of the Deir Ezzor 24 media outlet, three drones carrying explosives struck the Conoco gas field on Thursday. Rami Abdurrahman from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, confirmed that five explosions were heard at the gas field.
Additionally, three drones attacked the U.S. base of Tanf in eastern Syria. This region is where the borders of Syria, Jordan, and Iraq meet. While two of the drones were shot down before reaching their targets, the third managed to hit the base, causing some material damage.
Both the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Omar Abu Layla suggest that the attack may have been carried out by Iran-based fighters deployed in eastern Syria and western Iraq. These fighters have been on high alert due to the ongoing conflict in Gaza and the increased presence of U.S. aircraft carriers and warships in the region.
In recent days, there have been multiple drone attacks on U.S. bases in Iraq, resulting in minor injuries to coalition forces stationed there.