U.S.-backed Syrian militias said Russian warplanes struck their positions in Deir al-Zor province on Monday near a natural gas field they seized from Islamic State last week, but Russia denied it.
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias fighting with a U.S.-led coalition said the attack killed one of its fighters and injured two others.
Russia’s RIA news agency cited Major-General Igor Konashenkov as issuing the denial and saying Russia was always careful to ensure its air strikes were accurate.
A spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition, Colonel Ryan Dillon, said rounds had hit in the area around the SDF but he could not confirm they were fired by Russia.
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