Sixty-two Syrian soldiers were killed and over 100 injured in the airstrike by the US-led coalition Syrian government forces’ positions near the eastern city of Deir ez-Zor. The bombing took place on al-Tharda Mountain in the region of Deir ez-Zor and caused casualties and destruction on the ground, Syria’s official SANA news agency reported on Saturday.
The Russian Defense Ministry said that the aircraft which carried out the bombings had entered Syrian airspace from the territory of Iraq.
Four strikes against Syrian positions were performed by two F-16 jet fighters and two A-10 support aircraft states Russian Defense Ministry.
The Syrian General Command has called the bombing a “serious and blatant aggression” against Syrian forces, and said it was “conclusive evidence” that the US and its allies support IS militants.
Menwhile, US Department of Defense has admitted that the coalition’s aviation performed combat missions in Deir ez-Zor on Saturday. The US Central Command later has issued a statement, saying that it had no intention of targeting Syrian government forces near Deir ez-Zor.
However, an unnamed US military official has told international media that he was “pretty sure” that the targets hit in US-led coalition air strike on Saturday had been Syrian forces. According to him the bombings in Deir ez-Zor were carried out using US intelligence, which was being gathered for days.