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A U.S. military site in Syria has come under rocket fire, coalition spokesman Colonel Wayne Marotto said adding that American forces fired in retaliation using counter-battery artillery fire.
“The US forces in Syria, being attacked by numerous missiles, acted in self-defense and fired counter-battery artillery fire at the missile launch positions,” the coalition spokesman said in a tweet.
“At about 19:44 local time, US forces in Syria were attacked by several missiles. There were no casualties, the damage is estimated. We will provide additional data when we have more information,” he tweeted.
Earlier, the Syrian agency SANA reported that the area where the US armed forces are stationed near the Omar oil field in the Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor came under rocket fire on Monday. According to reports from the scene, at least eight shells exploded in the area.
The rocket attack came about a day after U.S. F-15E Eagle and F-16C Fighting Falcon fighter jets carried out airstrikes on facilities on the Iraq-Syria border. The Pentagon said Iran-backed militias, including Kata’ib Hezbollah and Kata’ib Sayyid al Shuhada, were using the facilities to launch drone attacks on U.S. and coalition personnel and facilities in Iraq.
SANA reported that the border area with Iraq in the far eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor was subjected to an aerial attack by (U.S.) warplanes after midnight, which led to the death of a child and injury to three civilians.
SANA’s reporter in Deir Ezzor, quoting local sources, stated that warplanes believed to be American attacked with missiles at around 01:00 a.m. on Monday residential houses near the Syrian-Iraqi borders in the countryside of al-Bokmal.