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Hezbollah repositioning missiles in Homs, fears US-led airstrikes

Lebanon's Hezbollah militia on Friday has repositioned dozens of missiles in a desert region in the central  province of Homs, following US-led coalition's airstrikes on pro-Iran factions over the week in eastern Syria, source told Zaman al-Wasl.

More than 250 missiles were re-stationed from the desert town of al-Sukhna to al-Qaryatayn region east of Homs city, according to the source.

In eight trucks, Hezbollah transferred medium-range missiles,150 Katyusha rockets, 30 surface-to-air missiles, and shoulder-mounted anti-armor missiles.

Zaman al-Wasl source says the transfer came after an unidentified aircraft targeted one of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards' warehouses in the Palmyra desert late on Thursday.

Last Tuesday, the US-led coalition fighting Daesh in Syria said they had foiled an attack in the Deir Ezzor region in the northeast of the country, a day after the second anniversary of the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.

After spotting “several launch sites of indirect fire rockets that posed an imminent threat,” coalition forces “conducted strikes to eliminate the threat,” a coalition official said in a statement.

“Indirect fire attacks pose a serious threat to innocent civilians because of their lack of discrimination” and the coalition “reserves the right to defend itself” added the official.

Asked about who might be behind the attack, the third in less than 48 hours in the region after others targeting the Ain Assad air base on Tuesday in western Iraq and Baghdad international airport on Monday, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said he could not identify them.

“I’m not in a position now to get into specific attribution,” he said. “That said, we continue to see threats against our forces in Iraq and Syria by militia groups that are backed by Iran.”

Some 900 US troops remain deployed in northeastern Syria and at the Al-Tanf base in the south, on the borders of Iraq and Jordan.

The Syrian conflict has claimed 494,438 lives and has displaced 13,2 million people since it erupted in March 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-regime protests. (With Agencies)

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