Russian forces strike target in Syria, wounding Coalition partner forces
(MENAFN- Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) WASHINGTON, Sept 16 (KUNA) -- Russian forces struck Saturday a target east of the Euphrates River in Syria near Dir Ezour, causing injuries to Coalition partner forces.
Operation Inherent Resolve said in a statement "Russian munitions impacted a location known to the Russians to contain Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Coalition advisors." The statement noted that "several SDF fighters were wounded and received medical care as a result of the strike," while multinational Coalition troops "advising and assisting the SDF were present but not wounded as a result of the Russian strike.
Commenting on this, Coalition Commander Paul Funk II noted that Coalition officials "are available and the de-confliction line with Russia is open 24 hours per day." "We put our full efforts into preventing unnecessary escalation among forces that share ISIS as our common enemy," he stressed.
The Coalition and its partners remain committed to the defeat of the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq "and continued de-confliction with Russian officials," the statement affirmed, and that Coalition forces and partners "always retain the right of self-defense." (end) si.mb
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