The Syrian government said on Monday four warplanes from the U.S.-led coalition had targeted a Syrian army camp in Deir Ezzor province on Sunday, killing three soldiers and wounding 13 more, calling the incident an act of aggression.
The jets fired nine missiles at the camp on Sunday evening, Syria’s foreign ministry said in a statement flashed on state television.
It is the first publicly declared incident of its type since the United States and allied countries began bombing Islamic State in Syria more than a year ago.
The Syrian government said four warplanes from the U.S.-led coalition had targeted a Syrian army camp in Deir Ezzor province on Sunday, killing three soldiers and wounding 13 more (air strike not pictured)
‘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 general.
‘The Syrian foreign ministry demands the UN Security Council act immediately in the face of this aggression and take appropriate measures to prevent its recurrence,’ the letter added.
It said three Syrian soldiers had been killed and 13 wounded in strikes by four coalition planes on an army camp in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor.
However, the US-led coalition has denied the claims.
‘We’ve seen those Syrian reports but we did not conduct any strikes in that part of Deir Ezzor yesterday. So we see no evidence,’ said Colonel Steve Warren, spokesman for the coalition.
He said the coalition’s only strikes in Deir Ezzor on Sunday were some 55 kilometres (34 miles) southeast of the area where the troops were allegedly killed, near the town of Ayyash.
‘We struck 55km away from the area that the Syrians say was struck. That was the only area in Deir Ezzor we struck yesterday,’ he said.
‘There were no human beings in the area that we struck yesterday, all we struck was a wellhead,’ he added.
Fury: The Syrian government has regularly criticised the US-led strikes as ineffective and illegal because they are not coordinated with regime forces. President Bashar Al Assad (above) also condemned British airstrikes against ISIS in his country as ‘harmful and illegal’ in an interview published on Sunday
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor earlier said four Syrian soldiers had been killed and 13 injured.
The monitor said the strikes had hit a camp in the west of Deir Ezzor, around one mile from an area controlled by the Islamic State.
The Observatory said it was the first time a US-led coalition strike had killed Syrian government troops.
Much of Deir Ezzor province is under the control of ISIS, which is regularly targeted there by the US-led coalition, but the regime remains present in small areas, including in the provincial capital.
The coalition has been carrying out strikes against ISIS since September 2014 and does not coordinate with the government in Damascus.
‘War is a messy business’: Defence Secretary Michael Fallon (pictured speaking to RAF personnel in front of a Typhoon at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus) urged the public to be prepared for ‘setbacks’ in the campaign against ISIS
The Syrian government has regularly criticised the US-led strikes as ineffective and illegal because they are not coordinated with regime forces.
‘The US coalition lacks the seriousness and credibility to effectively combat terrorism,’ the ministry said.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has also condemned British airstrikes against ISIS in his country as ‘harmful and illegal’.
As the UK vows to round-the-clock step up missions against the terror group, President Assad said it would ‘support terrorism’ as he mocked David Cameron’s ‘classical farce’ of claiming there were 70,000 moderate fighters in Syria ready to take on ISIS.
The row came as Defence Secretary Michael Fallon urged the public to be prepared for ‘setbacks’ in the long campaign against ISIS, warning: ‘War is a messy business.’
TAP – War will certainly be a messy business when Michael Fallon’s running it.