Alwaght- Syria has strongly denounced as a war crime a deadly strike carried out by the US-led military coalition against pro-government forces in Syria’s eastern Deir ez-Zor province, terming US presence in the country as illegitimate.
The Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates condemned the strike in two separate letters sent to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the rotating president of the UN Security Council on Thursday, saying the air raid was “a crime against humanity.”
Damascus further lambasted Washington for using “the excuse of fighting terrorism to set up illegitimate bases on Syrian territory.”
The US military said late Wednesday that it had killed at least 100 pro-government fighters in Syria to allegedly fend off an attack on the so-called US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Deir Ez-Zor province.
“The government of the Syrian Arab Republic calls on the UNSC to condemn the massacre and hold the international coalition responsible for the killing and wounding of thousands of civilians, including children, women and elderly and to pay compensation to the families of the victims,” the Ministry affirmed.
“This aggression reveals once again, without any doubt, the real function of this alliance and the role played by Washington in supporting the ISIS Takfiri terrorist group, as it did in the past,” the ministry further said.
The statement concluded by saying that the Syrian government renews demands for dissolving that illegal coalition as it is “a force of protection and support to terrorism,” adding that the Syrian institutions and forces will continue to carry out their responsibilities regardless of the sacrifices in order to prevent the US coalition from achieving its declared terrorist objectives.