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US airstrikes on Syrian forces no technical error: Syria UN envoy

Iran Press TV

Sun Sep 18, 2016 11:37PM

Syrian Ambassador to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari says the US is trying to cancel out a recent ceasefire in his country by attacking Syrian government troops.

On Saturday, a US-led coalition attack in Syria's eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr killed dozens of Syrian soldiers and injured hundreds more.

"The objective of this US aggression is to bring about the failure of the truce agreed between Russia and the United States," said Jaafari while speaking to journalists at a Non-Aligned Movement summit in Venezuela on Sunday.

On September 9, Russia and the United States agreed on a milestone deal on the Syrian crisis after some 13 hours of marathon talks in the Swiss city of Geneva.

The deal, which began on September 12 and was initially agreed to last seven days, calls for increased humanitarian aid for those trapped inside the embattled northwestern city of Aleppo.

Under the terms of the ceasefire agreement, Russian and American fighter jets would launch joint airstrikes and pound the positions of Takfiri terrorist groups in Syria.

Jaafari stressed that the attacks are "evidence of support by the United States and its allies for Daesh and other armed terrorist groups" and could not have been a technical error.

He noted that immediately after the strikes Daesh was briefly able to take control of a strategic position in the region. "That clearly proves there is a link," he stressed.

Following the attack, Russia called for an emergency UN Security Council meeting to be held. Jaafari said that meeting produced "zero" results, as the US, Britain and France refrained from taking "measures" to atone for the deadly attack.

"US aggression must be dealt with immediately to avoid the spread of fighting in the region and put a stop to American hypocrisy and lies," he said.

Meanwhile, Russia's Defense Ministry has said that at least 50 violations of the ceasefire have been registered over the last 24 hours in the Syrian provinces of Aleppo, Damascus, Hama, Latakia, Homs, and Dara'a.

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