Iraq’s Hashd Shaabi volunteer force said the Israeli occupation carried out a deadly drone attack on Sunday close to the border with Syria.
“As part of the string of Zionist attacks on Iraq, the evil Israeli crows have returned to target the Hashd al-Shaabi, this time with two drones inside Iraqi territory,” the Hashd, also known as the Popular Mobilization Forces/Units (PMF/U) said in a statement.
It said one fighter was killed and another heavily wounded in the attack, revising an earlier toll of two dead.
“This blatant attack came with air cover over the area from American planes, in addition to a large balloon to monitor the area near the site of the incident,” the statement added.
Earlier last week, second-in-command of the PMF Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes blamed the US and the Zionist entity for recent explosions at the group’s bases in the Arab country.
“We have evidence that shows the US has brought four Israeli drones into Iraq,” he said, adding, the Americans “is using the drones to target the PMF and Iraqi bases, rather than targeting the Daesh” terrorist group.
Mohandes also vowed that “from now on we will target any drone flying over our bases.”
Later on Thursday, the group announced it had downed a hostile drone over the capital, Baghdad.