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Three Russian soldiers injured as unknown drone strikes Syria's Hasakah: Report

Iran Press TV

Friday, 17 July 2020 5:36 AM

At least three Russian troops have been injured in a drone attack in Syria's northeastern province of Hasakah.

The Lebanon-based al-Nour radio station reported that the unidentified unmanned aerial vehicle launched the attack against a Russian military observation post on the road linking the town of al-Darbasiyah to the provincial capital city of Hasakah on Thursday.

The details of the drone attack are still sketchy. It was the second such incident in the area in the day. Kurdish militants said at least one Russian soldier had earlier been injured in the first drone attack in Darbasiyah, blaming Turkey for the attack in which civilians were also hurt.

"Turkish aircraft targeted a Russian forces point in the vicinity of Darbasiyah," they said in a statement.

It said a drone, which "belonged to the invading army", targeted a Russian forces military point on Thursday.

"A Russian soldier and three civilians were injured," the statement noted, describing the site that was hit as a "strategic coordination point" one kilometer south of Darbasiyah town on the road to Hasakah city.

US brings fresh military hardware into northeast Syria

Separately, the US military sent a convoy of 25 truckloads of military reinforcement and logistics to Hasakah province on Thursday.

The military equipment, Syria's official news agency SANA said, was brought into Kharab al-Jeir military airport on the outskirts of northeastern Syrian town of al-Ya'rubiyah to fortify the positions of American troops and provide support for allied Takfiri terrorist groups.

Syrians rally against US, Turkish troops

Syrians staged a rally in the Qamishli district of Hasakah province on Thursday to express their outrage at the presence of US and Turkish forces in their region, condemning the new US economic sanctions against Syria under the so-called Caesar Act.

Local residents burnt US flags and denounced Washington's policies and arbitrary measures against Syrians, and called for the abolition of unilateral coercive measures imposed on their war-battered country.

Since late October 2019, the United States has been redeploying troops to the oil fields controlled by Kurdish forces in eastern Syria, in a reversal of President Donald Trump's earlier order to withdraw all troops from the Arab country.

The Pentagon claims the move aims to "protect" the fields and facilities from possible attacks by Daesh. That claim came although Trump had earlier suggested that Washington sought economic interests in controlling the oil fields.

The presence of US forces in eastern Syria has particularly irked the civilians, and local residents have on several occasions stopped American military convoys from entering the region.

Syria, which has not authorized the presence of the US military in its territory, says Washington is plundering the country's oil.

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