| 3 March 2024, Sunday |

Observatory: Iranian militia transports heavy weapons to a base in Syria

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday, that “the Iranian militias, during the past hours, brought new military reinforcements and weapons to a base located opposite the areas of the International Coalition and the Syrian Democratic Forces.”

The observatory quoted unnamed sources as saying that the weapons included a number of medium-range “surface-to-surface missiles”, weapons and ammunition that were transferred from areas west of the Euphrates to their new base, which was recently established on a hill in the village of Habuba between Khafsa and Maskanah.

The observatory said that this is the second time that the militias bring in reinforcements within 20 days, without knowing the goals behind it.

The observatory had published information last May about the militias’ establishment of a military base on a hill near the bank of the Euphrates River, east of Aleppo.
According to the observatory, the new military base is located opposite the SDF areas of influence, as it was built in the village of Habouba, between the town of Khafsa and the city of Maskanah, east of Aleppo.

the militia offers financial inducements and privileges to urge young people to volunteer, as the number of these militia members has risen to 985 since the escalation of recruitment.

Recruitment operations, it added, are concentrated in the areas of Maskana, Al-Safira, Deir Hafer and other towns and villages east of Aleppo.

Last March, the observatory revealed the establishment of a joint military point for the Russian forces and the Syrian regime forces, on the western banks of the Euphrates River near the village of Khan al-Shaar, west of Maskana, which is under the Syrian regime influence in the eastern countryside of Aleppo. The new joint point is located opposite the positions of the Syrian Democratic Forces, which are stationed on the eastern bank of the river.

The joint military point consists of heavy vehicles, dozens of soldiers, and a command center equipped with military communications.