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Syria condemns US-led airstrikes in Deir al-Zour

IANS  |  Damascus 

The on Thursday condemned the US-led airstrikes on pro-government forces in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour, state news agency reported.

In a statement, the ministry accused the US warplanes of "committing a massacre" against pro-government forces that were confronting the Islamic State (IS).

Calling it a "new barbaric aggression", the ministry said the US attack came in the framework of the Washington's "aggressive policies" against Syria, reported.

The pro-government Syrian forces were confronting IS, "who are under the protection" of the US coalition and the allied forces of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), it added.

The urged the to condemn the massacre and to hold the US coalition responsible for their "crimes and aggression that have left thousands of civilians either killed or wounded," the statement said.

Earlier in the day, the SDF said the US-led coalition struck positions of forces in the eastern Syrian province of to defend its partners.

The coalition's move was in retaliation for the forces' targeting of the U.S.-backed forces in the area, the SDF noted.

Meanwhile, reported that U.S. warplanes carried out 10 airstrikes on the positions of the pro-government forces after midnight on Saturday.

According to the London-based for Human Rights, at least 45 pro-government fighters were killed in the airstrikes.

Meanwhile, a statement from Deir al-Zour's Syrian tribes said the US coalition airstrikes killed their young fighters who were battling IS and the SDF on the eastern of the

The tribes of will continue to fight the terrorists until their areas taken by the IS and the SDF on the eastern of Euphrates are all liberated, the statement added.

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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 06:42 IST
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