The Syrian government says that four warplanes from the US-led coalition targeted a Syrian army camp in Deir al-Zor province, killing 3 soldiers and wounding 13 more.
Syria has labelled the incident an act of “flagrant aggression”.
“The Syrian Arab Republic strongly condemns this flagrant aggression by the US-led coalition forces, which blatantly violates the objectives of the UN charter,” the foreign ministry said in a letter to the UN Security Council and secretary common.
The jets fired nine missiles at the camp — positioned two kilometres from an IS stronghold — on Sunday evening, Syria’s foreign ministry said in a statement shown on state tv.
“The Syrian foreign ministry demands the UN Safety Council act right away in the face of this aggression and take appropriate measures to avoid its recurrence,” the letter added.
It is the initial publicly declared incident of its type given that the United States and allied nations started bombing Islamic State in Syria more than a year ago.
The US-led coalition has denied its planes hit a Syrian army target.
“We’ve noticed these Syrian reports but we did not conduct any strikes in that element of Deir al-Zor yesterday. So we see no evidence,” coalition spokesman Colonel Steve Warren mentioned.
He stated the coalition’s only strikes in Deir al-Zor on Sunday have been some 55 kilometres south-east of the location exactly where the troops have been allegedly killed, near the town of Ayyash.
“We struck 55 kilometres away from the area that the Syrians say was struck. That was the only region in Deir al-Zor we struck yesterday,” he told AFP.
Nonetheless, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a Britain-primarily based monitor, also reported the strikes, saying 4 troops had been killed and 13 wounded.
SOHR mentioned it was the very first time a US-led coalition strike had killed Syrian government troops.
The statement from Syria’s foreign ministry came only hours right after president Bashar al-Assad slammed Britain’s joining the coalition, calling it damaging and illegal.
“It will be damaging and illegal and it will assistance terrorism as occurred following the coalition started its operation a year or so [ago],” Mr Assad stated.
Final week, British MPs voted to join the air strikes in Syria for the initial time.
The Syrian government has often criticised the US-led strikes as ineffective and illegal because they are not coordinated with regime forces, and the ministry said the Deir al-Zor incident was further evidence of the coalition’s failings.
“The US coalition lacks the seriousness and credibility to properly combat terrorism,” the ministry stated.
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