12:03 GMT10 August 2020
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    Saturday evening, at least two Syrian Army servicemen were injured after the US-led international coalition conducted an airstrike on a Syrian Armed Forces artillery mount in the country's northeast.

    Daesh* terrorists attacked the Syrian Army positions shortly after a coalition airstrike in north-eastern Deir ez-Zor province on Saturday, Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reports.

    According to SANA, most of the terrorists who launched the attack were fleeing the village of Baguz, which was destroyed by the Syrian Army.

    READ MORE: At Least 20 Civilians Killed by US-Led Coalition Strike in Deir Ez-Zor — Reports

    The attack came hours after a Syrian military source told Sputnik on Sunday that the US-led international coalition had carried out an airstrike on an army artillery mount located near the eastern Syrian city of Abu Kamal.

    "At around 23:30 local time [Saturday, 21:30 Saturday GMT] the aircraft of the international coalition conducted an airstrike on the artillery mount of our forces operating in As Sukkariya region to the west of Abu Kamal… As a result of the airstrike, the mount was destroyed and two servicemen were injured," the source said.  

    In June 2018, SANA reported that the international coalition's air force had bombed Syrian Army positions in the settlement of al-Hari in Deir ez-Zor province, south-east of Al-Bukemal. The Pentagon rejected the report.

    READ MORE: At Least 11 Civilians Killed as US-Led Coalition Pounds Deir ez-Zor, Syria

    The Saturday strike was launched as the US was preparing to withdraw its ground forces from Syria, a move that was announced in December by US President Donald Trump, who claimed that Daesh had been defeated in the Arab country.

    The US-led coalition of more than 70 countries has been conducting airstrikes on Daesh positions since 2014, in a mission that was authorised neither by the Syrian government nor the UN Security Council.

    *Daesh (also known as ISIS/ISIL/IS) is a terrorist group banned in Russia and many other countries.


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