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United States airstrikes in Syria 'completely unacceptable', Russian Federation says

19 May 2017

"It is illegitimate, unlawful and yet another gross violation of Syria's sovereignty", Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in televised comments while on a trip to Cyprus.

The unnamed official's comments were carried Friday by Syrian state TV a day after the US -led coalition said a USA airstrike struck pro-Syrian government forces that the coalition said posed a threat to American troops and allied rebels operating near the border with Jordan.

A Syrian military official said Friday that an airstrike by the US -led coalition on a government military position near the border with Jordan had killed several soldiers and caused material damage.

The US strike was the second deliberate military attack on forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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"This brazen attack by the so-called worldwide coalition exposes the falseness of its claims about fighting terrorism", the source said.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov on Friday described the attacks as "unacceptable", which also claimed the lives of civilians.

He was referring not only to Thursday's strike but also to others carried out by the US -led coalition in recent months that have claimed the lives of civilians in areas held by the Islamic State group.

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"This was despite Russian attempts to dissuade pro-regime movement towards al Tanf, coalition aircraft show of force and warning shots".

Syrian government forces secure a road for a military convoy in the desert area near the border with Jordan and Iraq, May 10, 2017.

Syrian state media provided no precise figures about the number of casualties, but the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said eight people were killed in the attack.

He said: "We are not increasing our role in the Syrian civil war".

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"Of course, all this leads us away from the Syrian settlement and from the main task within this settlement - to prevent the seizure of Syria and other parts of the Middle East by terrorists", he told reporters, adding that it actually meant connivance to terrorists.