US-led coalition jets have targeted positions of the Syrian government forces near the city of Deir ez-Zor, resulting in at least 62 death and more than 100 injured soldiers. The action was directly followed by a massive ISIS attack near the city. The information was confirmed by the Syrian General Command and the Russian MOD.
The airstrikes come just days after US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov agreed on a new ceasefire in the war-torn country.
Russia immediately condemned the actions of the US-led coalition and has urged for an immediate UN Security Council meeting.
Russia’s Defense Ministry spokesman, Major-General Igor Konashenkov said, “If the airstrike was caused by the wrong coordinates of targets than it’s a direct consequence of the stubborn unwillingness of the American side to coordinate with Russia in its actions against terrorist groups in Syria. Immediately after the airstrike by coalition planes, Islamic State militants launched their offensive. Fierce fighting with the terrorists is currently underway in the area of the airport where for a long a time humanitarian aid for civilians was parachuted.”
The US Central Command released a statement saying that the airstrikes targeted the Syrian government forces by accident.
At least 2 F-16 fighter jets and 2 A-10 ground attack aircraft carried out the strikes.