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one Syrian soldier killed in strike against ISIS

Friday 22/June/2018 - 08:50 AM
Sada El Balad
edited by: Basant Ahmed
At least one Syrian soldier was killed and seven others injured in a US-led coalition strike against the Islamic State group in Syria، the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has said، AFP reported.

The Britain-based monitor yesterday reported "explosions" in the desert around 50 km from Palmyra، the famed ancient city that IS overran twice in Syria's war.


"The position targeted is only 20 kilometres from the region of al-Tanaf،" said the group's director Rami Abdel Rahman، adding that the toll could rise as many of the wounded were in a "serious condition".

The strike came after a deadly air strike on Sunday evening hit the border town of Al-Hari in eastern Syria near the frontier with Iraq، according to state media and the Syrian Observatory.

Fifty-five fighters including Syrians and Iraqis were killed. A US official speaking anonymously in Washington blamed Israel.

The raid was particularly deadly for the Iraqi fighters working alongside the Syrian regime.

Iraq's powerful Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary force said 22 of its members were among those killed.

Placed under the authority of the Iraqi premier، these forces include groups close to Iran، including the Hezbollah Brigades، which lost fighters in the strikes.

In recent months، Israel has stepped up its military incursions against Iranian forces in Syria، vehemently criticising Tehran's attachment to its Syrian neighbour.

On May 24، 12 pro-regime fighters died in an air raid against Syrian army positions south of Abu Kamal، a town a few kilometres from the Iraq border.

The Syrian Observatory and Syrian state media had attributed this strike to the coalition although this was denied by the Pentagon.

On February 7، the coalition admitted to killing at least 100 pro-regime fighters in the eastern Deir Ezzor province.

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