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US troops injured in interaction with Russian forces in Syria

US military vehicles drive in the vicinity of an oil field in Rumaylan (Rmeilan) amid a sandstorm in Syria's northeastern Hasakeh province on July 1, 2020.

A number number of US forces in Syria were injured during an interaction with the Russian troops, Reuters reported, quoting two US officials.

The injuries have been the result of a collision and not exchange of fire, one of the officials said.

The incident occurred earlier this week in northeastern Syria and the injuries are mild, according to the other official.

Videos of the encounter that emerged on Twitter on Wednesday appeared to show a Russian vehicle ramming an American vehicle, and a Russian helicopter flying low over US forces.

So far, the US military’s Central Command and the Pentagon have refused to comment about the incident.

This comes as many observers believe that such interactions, which are not rare, are the result of close proximity between the US and Russian forces in the region, something that may lead to a full-scale conflict.

Last month, a US paratrooper was also killed during a vehicle rollover accident in eastern Syria.

Washington has deployed about 500 troops in Syria, mostly in the northeastern part of the country. The US officials claim their troops are fighting to destroy the remnants of the Deash terrorist groups.

But, the Syrian government, which has not authorized the presence of the US military in its territory, says Washington is “plundering” the country’s oil.

The presence of US forces in eastern Syria has particularly irked the civilians, and local residents have on several occasions stopped American military convoys entering the region.

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