US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday that the Syrian-backed forces, which were hit by the US air strikes this week, appeared to be directed by Iranians but unclear whether the force included Iranian units.
Gatilov, who was speaking in Geneva, was cited as saying that the US strike would hamper efforts to find a political solution to the conflict there.
“Any military action leading to an escalation of the situation in Syria has an impact on the political process,” agencies quoted him as saying. “It (Thursday’s strike) is utterly unacceptable and a violation of Syria’s sovereignty.”
US officials told Reuters earlier that the US military carried out the air strike on Thursday against militia supported by the Syrian government that posed a threat to US and US-backed Syrian fighters in the country’s south near the Jordanian border.
A military source on the Syrian government side said on Friday that the air strike had hit “one of our military points”, without elaborating, Syrian state TV reported.
“A convoy going down the road didn’t respond to numerous ways for it to be warned off from getting too close to coalition forces in At-Tanf,” a US defense official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
Gatilov complained about what he said was a separate strike that had occurred on Wednesday May 17.
“Literally a day before this (Thursday’s strike) a strike was carried out which resulted in a large number of civilian deaths, which is also unacceptable,” Gatilov was cited as saying.
The United States has not spoken about any strikes carried out by the US-led coalition on that date.
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