VIDEO: Australia PM, DM Regret over Massacre of Syrian Army Troops in Deir Ezzor

Mon Sep 19, 2016 18:36:12

Australia expressed regret for any loss of life to Syrian troops in an airstrike in which Australian aircraft were involved.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters in New York on Sunday that as soon as the coalition commanders were advised by the Russians that Syrian forces were being affected, the operation was discontinued.

He said he regrets "the loss of life, and injury to any Syrian personnel affected."

Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne said on Monday that Australia is taking part in a US review of the airstrikes against what was believed to be an Islamic State (ISIS / Daesh / ISIL / IS) fighting position.

She said Australia would "never intentionally target a known Syrian military unit."

Syria's fragile cease-fire started to unravel on Sunday with the first aerial attacks on rebel-held neighborhoods of Aleppo and a southern village that killed at least eight people, violations that came as tensions between the American and Russian brokers of the deal worsened following a deadly US strike on Syrian government forces; AP reported.

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