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Syria urges immediate UN action over US-led airstrikes

Syrian army soldiers are pictured near the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on December 2, 2015. (AFP photo)

Syria has called on the UN Security Council to take immediate action against recent US-led airstrikes that killed three Syrian soldiers.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry sent a letter to the UN Security Council and Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday, condemning the airstrikes that killed the Syrian government soldiers on Sunday.

Damascus said four US-led coalition warplanes fired nine missiles at one of the Syrian army’s posts in the central-east of the country in Deir Ezzor Province, killing three soldiers and injuring 13 others.

"The Syrian Arab Republic strongly condemns this flagrant aggression by the US-led coalition forces, which blatantly violates the objectives of the UN charter," the letter read.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry urged the Security Council to "act immediately in the face of this aggression and take appropriate measures to prevent its recurrence."

The Syrian government has repeatedly condemned the US-led airstrikes in the Arab country as illegal and ineffective with the letter saying the recent attack once again showed the failings of the coalition’s operations.

"The US coalition lacks the seriousness and credibility to effectively combat terrorism,” the letter added.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which is based in Britain, earlier said the US-led attacks killed four Syrian soldiers near Ayyash town.

A spokesman for the US-led coalition denied responsibility for the attacks and said the coalition hit an area 55 kilometers away from a Syrian army camp.

"There were no human beings in the area that we struck yesterday, all we struck was a wellhead," the spokesman also said.

The air raids in Syria are an extension of the US-led aerial campaign against alleged Daesh positions in Iraq, which started in August last year. Many have criticized the ineffectiveness of the raids.

This is while the US and some of its regional allies, including Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, have lent staunch support to the Takfiri groups there.

Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy for four and a half years. More than 250,000 have lost their lives and millions displaced as a result of the crisis in the war-torn Arab country.

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