US army denies coalition jets hit Assad forces

Eastern Syria is the scene of air strikes carried out by many air forces operating in the country

Eastern Syria is the scene of air strikes carried out by many air forces operating in the country

A series of air strikes killed three Syrian soldiers in the country’s east, Syria’s government said yesterday, accusing the US-led coalition of responsibility for the attack.

The US military denied any involvement.

If confirmed, it would be the first time coalition warplanes had hit Syrian government forces.

Air strikes hit the Saeqa military camp near the town of Ayyash in Deir Ez Zor province, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group. The observatory earlier reported that four soldiers were killed.

The area is largely under the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and the US-led coalition has regularly targeted the group in the eastern province.

Syria’s air force is active in the region and its ally Russia also began launching strikes in the country in late September.

Syria’s foreign ministry said yesterday that four fighter jets from the US-led coalition targeted a Syrian army camp with nine missiles – killing three soldiers and wounding 13 others.

The ministry said it sent letters to the United Nations denouncing the attack on its forces.

“The Syrian Arab Republic strongly condemns this flagrant aggression by the US-led coalition forces, which blatantly violates the objectives of the UN charter,” said a ministry statement carried by state media.

–Aljazeera

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