The death toll from US airstrikes in Syria has risen to 19. Photo/Illustration/Sindonews
DAMASCUS – Victims killed in airstrikes United States of America (US) against pro-Iranian installations in Syria east has increased to 19 fighters. This was revealed by a Syrian war monitor.
It was one of the deadliest exchanges of fire between US and Iranian allied forces in years.
The US carried out the strikes in eastern Syria in response to a drone strike on Thursday that left one American contractor dead, and another injured along with five US soldiers. Washington says the attack originated in Iran.
“A retaliatory strike by the US on what it said was a facility in Syria used by groups affiliated with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps left a total of 19 people dead,” according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). Reuters, Sunday (26/3/2023).
The war monitor said the air strike killed three Syrian soldiers, 11 Syrian fighters in a pro-government militia and five non-Syrian fighters allied to the government.
The leader of the monitoring group, Rami Abdel Rahman, could not name the foreigner’s nationality. Reuters was unable to independently confirm the toll.
The initial attack prompts a series of tit-for-tat attacks. Another US service member was injured, officials said, and local sources said suspected US rocket fire hit more sites in eastern Syria.
US President Joe Biden on Friday warned Iran that the United States would “act tough” to protect American citizens.
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