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USA denies deadly strike on Syria army base

25 May 2018

Warplanes from the US-led coalition targeted two Syrian army positions in the eastern Syrian desert, a military media unit run by Lebanon's Hezbollah group said early on Thursday, but United States military officials denied any knowledge of the strikes, Reuters reports.

In Damascus, government media reported early Thursday that global coalition aircraft struck Syrian army positions near the front lines with IS in eastern Syria.

"The coalition's mission is to defeat ISIS (IS) in designated parts of Iraq and Syria, and to set conditions for follow-on stability operations".

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks the war through a network of activists on the ground, said the fatalities were not Syrian nationals but foreign fighters.

In Damascus, the SANA news agency said coalition aircraft struck military positions between the towns of Boukamal and Hmeimeh in Deir Ezzor province.

"One of our military airports was the target of missiles intercepted by our anti-aircraft defences", SANA said, citing a military source.

A "de-confliction" line in place along the Euphrates River since previous year is meant to keep the two assaults from crashing into each other.

The area is a frontline in the fight between the Syrian government, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Islamic State Group.

Missiles hit a weapons depot on Sunday belonging to the Lebanese Hezbollah movement at Syria's Dabaa military airbase in the central province of Homs, a monitor said.

The Observatory said the government was sending reinforcements.

The coalition has carried out several deadly strikes against Syrian government forces and allied fighters in recent months. The Syrian government-run media blamed the strikes on the US-led coalition fighting Daesh. It said the coalition was likely behind the strikes.

Syrian state media did not comment on the origin of the missile attack.

USA denies deadly strike on Syria army base