Syria has accused the US-led coalition of targeting one of its military camps. They called the airstrike which killed four Syrian soldiers, an ‘act of aggression’
Sixteen personnel were also injured and a number of military vehicles destroyed when warplanes fired nine missiles at the Saeqa military camp in the Deir ez Zor province.
The incident is the first of its kind since the coalition started to bomb Syrian territory more than a year ago, though the US-led alliance deny it carried out the airstrike.
“Syria strongly condemns the act of aggression by the US-led coalition that contradicts the UN Charter on goals and principles. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sent letters to the UN Secretary General and the UN Security Council,” the foreign ministry told Syria’s SANA news agency
Coalition spokesman Colonel Steve Warren has insisted, however, that the only airstrikes in the area were delivered some 55km away.
“We’ve seen those Syrian reports but we did not conduct any strikes in that part of Deir ez Zor yesterday. So we see no evidence,” he said.
The US-led coalition’s airstrikes in Syria are illegal, as it has never received permission from Syrian President Bashar Assad to enter the country’s airspace
The attack in Deir ez-Zor struck just hours after the Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad condemned Britain’s intervention in the conflict. He said British airstrikes are “harmful and illegal and it will support terrorism.”
Critics have said that the US-led coalition is not interested in defeating the ISIS but are working to undermine the Syrian government.
Declassified Defense Intelligence Agency documents from 2012 revealed that the Pentagon was working with Turkey and the Gulf States Turkey to “isolate the Syrian regime” and establish a Salafist principality in Syria.