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Wednesday, May 23

(UPDATE 5:15 AM ET 5/24: RU military says reports incorrect) US coalition bombs Syrian army positions in E. Syria


UPDATE

Reports on US-led bombing of Syrian Army are incorrect – Russian military source
RT
Published time: 24 May, 2018 06:18Edited time: 24 May, 2018 07:52

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US-Led Coalition Hits Syrian Army Base - Reports
Sputnik
03:04 - 24.05.2018

According to the SANA News Agency [Arabic version], US-led Coalition Air Forces struck several positions of the Syrian army in the eastern Syrian desert.
According to Reuters and AFP, the strikes allegedly took place near an energy installation located near the Iraqi border, about 100 km (60 miles) west of the Euphrates river where the US-led Coalition is fighting against Daesh militants.
"Some of our military positions between Abu Kamal and Hmeima were hit this morning in an aggression by American coalition warplanes," a Syrian military source was quoted as saying by AFP citing state news agency SANA.
The attack was first reported by the press office of Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant movement, an ally of the Syrian government. It said warplanes had targeted army positions near the T2 oil facility in the eastern Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor.
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Al Masdar News
May 24, 2018

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 AM) – The U.S. Coalition bombed the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in the vast Badiya region located between Deir Ezzor and Homs.


According to an official military source in Damascus, the coalition bombed at least two positions belonging to the SAA near the T-2 Pumping Station and Ma’ezleh Dam.

No casualties have been reported thus far.

The U.S. reason for the attack is unclear at the moment.

[END REPORT]

RT
Published time: 24 May, 2018 00:09 Edited time: 24 May, 2018 01:35

US-led coalition warplanes have bombed several Syrian army positions in the eastern Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor, state media outlet SANA reports, citing a military source.

The attack took place shortly after midnight on Thursday. SANA reported that the US-led coalition aircraft inflicted limited material damage and no casualties. The airstrikes, which hit near the city of Al-Bukamal, were reportedly coordinated with anti-government militants.

Earlier, Lebanon’s Hezbollah group, an ally of the Syrian forces in the fight with Islamic State (IS, former ISIS/ISIL) said the coalition jets targeted two Syrian army outposts, including an energy installation near the Iraqi border.

The area has seen rapid advances by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) pushing against IS militants near Al-Bukamal and moving towards the eastern bank of the Euphrates River.

Last week, the SDF announced they took control over a former IS base on the Euphrates River near the Syrian-Iraqi border, moving closer to territory controlled by the Syrian government.

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