The deadly US-led coalition air raid against pro-Syrian government forces has been strongly condemned by Syria and Russia as ‘brazen’ and ‘unacceptable’.
Syria said the strikes were a “blatant attack on forces fighting terrorism” showing that Washington’s claims of fighting ISIS are false.
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Russia said the strikes breached the country’s sovereignty.
“It is illegitimate, it is unlawful and the latest gross violation of the sovereignty of the Syrian Arab Republic,” Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov said.
On Thursday coalition fighter jets struck a convoy of pro government forces advancing inside a protected “deconfliction zone” north-west of the southern town of al-Tanf.
Press TV reports:
The US military launched the attack against a convoy of the Syrian military heading towards the border near Jordan where ISIS are based.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov on Friday described the attacks as “unacceptable,” which also claimed the lives of civilians.
Speaking in Geneva, Gatilov said the strikes violated Syria’s sovereignty and would not help efforts to achieve a political solution to the ongoing crisis in the country.
A Syrian government’s military source said the US strike hit “one of our military points” late Thursday, killing several people and causing material damage.
The source said the attack hampered efforts by the Syrian army and its allies to fight Daesh terrorists who have been wreaking havoc in Iraq and Syria for years.
“This brazen attack by the so-called international coalition exposes the falseness of its claims about fighting terrorism,” the source said.
“The Syrian Arab Army is fighting terrorism on its territory, and no party has the right to determine the course of its operations,” the Syrian military source added.
Syrian state media provided no precise figures about the number of casualties, but the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said eight people were killed in the attack.
The US said the attack targeted “pro-regime forces… that posed a threat to US and partner forces” in the nearby Tanf base where American troops train what they call “moderate” militants.
Yehya al-Aridi, a spokesman for the foreign-backed opposition High Negotiations Committee holding talks with a Syrian government delegation in Geneva, welcomed the US strike as a “robust action” against Damascus.
The development comes only a few days after US jets killed nearly two dozen civilians in an attack on an area in Syria’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr near the border with Iraq.
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