Coalition strike in Syria kills 12 pro-government forces: monitor

Albu Kamal, Assad, Coalition

Members of the pro-Syrian government forces ride on a tank as it drives down a street in the Syrian border town of Albu Kamal, on November 20, 2017.
Syria’s army and loyalist militiamen Sunday ousted the Islamic State group from its last urban stronghold in the country as regime strikes claimed more lives in a rebel-held enclave near Damascus.
The army said it had taken full control of Albu Kamal in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, which has changed hands several times. / AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

An air strike on Syrian army positions in eastern Syria overnight killed at least 12 pro-government fighters, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Thursday.

The Britain-based monitoring group said the strike was carried out by the US-led coalition in an area south of Albu Kamal which has repeatedly been attacked by the Islamic State militant group.

The new strikes comes shortly after Lebanon’s Hezbollah group claimed warplanes from the coalition had targeted two Syrian army positions in the eastern Syrian desert on Wednesday.

Hezbollah, a Damascus ally, said the strikes took place near T2, an energy installation located near the border with Iraq and about 100km (60 miles) west of the Euphrates River where the coalition is backing ground forces against IS.

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