In a first, US-led coalition hits Syrian army base

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said four soldiers were killed and 13 injured in the bombing raid

Damascus: US-led coalition airplanes struck positions of the Syrian army in the country's eastern province late Sunday, local media reported.

A military source said the attack also damaged two tanks at the military base. Representation pic/AFP
A military source said the attack also damaged two tanks at the military base. Representation pic/AFP

Damage caused
Four Syrian soldiers were killed and 13 injured in the bombing raid, a monitor said yesterday. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said an air raid "by the international coalition" hit the camp in the western Deir Ezzor province, "around two kilometres from an area controlled by the Islamic State group".

The attack was the first of such incidents to have targeted the Syrian government troops since the US-led coalition started its operations specifically against the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria over a year ago.

The military source said that the attack happened on Sunday night and also damaged two tanks at the military base. He said the strikes hit several buildings used as weapons depots and an army training camp.

Why regime troops?
Syrian officials have repeatedly questioned the intention and the seriousness of the US coalition in the war on terror, especially after the recent involvement of the French and British warplanes in the coalition.

'False blame'
A spokesman for the US-led coalition said its only strikes in the area on Sunday were some 55 kilometres southeast of the Syrian army base. A spokesman for the coalition denied that it was behind the alleged strikes, saying its warplanes carried out no raids in the area on Sunday. "We've seen those Syrian reports but we did not conduct any strikes in that part of Deir Ezzor on Sunday. So we see no evidence," said Colonel Steve Warren.

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