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Syria TV: US-led coalition bombs pro-government forces

Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters carry their weapons in a village on the outskirts of al-Shadadi town, Hasaka countryside, Syria 19 February, 2016 [Rodi Said/Reuters]
Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) carry their weapons in a village on the outskirts of al-Shadadi town, Hasaka countryside, Syria [Rodi Said/Reuters]

Syrian state television today said the US-led coalition against Daesh had bombed pro-Syrian government forces east of the Euphrates river in Deir ez-Zor province in eastern Syria, causing casualties, Reuters reported.

More than 100 fighters aligned with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad were killed in the attack last night and in the early hours of this morning, a US official said. No American troops were killed or wounded in the incident.

Statements carried by Syrian television stations called it a “new aggression” and “an attempt to support terrorism”.

“International coalition forces are bombing popular forces fighting Daesh and the SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) east of the Euphrates river and there are reports of casualties,” the statements said.

A reporter for the state TV station Ikhbariya said there were “dozens of dead and wounded” as a result of the attacks.

Ikhbariya described the groups it said had been bombed by the US-led coalition as “local people fighting [Daesh] and the SDF”.

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