UPDATE: The Russian Defense Ministry released an official statement denying such incident.
The northeastern Syrian town of Tell Tamr has witnessed a brawl between Russian and U.S. service members, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) claimed in a report on December 26.
According to the UK-based monitoring group, several U.S. service members, who were escorting a team conducting a survey in Tell Tamr, engaged in a fist fight with Russian soldiers recently deployed in the city.
The survey team was reportedly asking Arab and Kurd locals about their opinion on the U.S.-led coalition. The SOHR said that the vast majority of people called U.S. forces “traitors.”
“A brawl erupted … Because they were both [Russian and U.S. service members] in the same region,” the SOHR’s report reads.
The monitoring group didn’t explain how the brawl between U.S. and Russian service members started. Local sources have not provided any information on the alleged incident, either.
Last October, U.S. forces withdrew from vast regions in northeast Syria, facilitating a Turkish-led attack on their local allies, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Back then, units of the Russian Military Police were quickly dispatched to the region to stop Turkish advance.