Led strike on regime positions kills 12 in east Syria

Raids were carried out in the war-torn nation

Daraa's location makes any broad operation there very sensitive, with Israel suspecting Damascus' Iranian allies of seeking to establish a military footprint closer to its borders.

US Central Command Captain Bill Urban said: "We have no operational reporting of a US-led coalition strike against pro-Syrian regime targets or forces".

In Damascus, the SANA news agency said coalition aircraft struck military positions between the towns of Boukamal and Hmeimeh in Deir el-Zour province.

Shortly after reports on the attack emerged, a Pentagon spokesman said the United States military has "no operational reporting" about any operation against the Syrian government.

Citing defense sources, the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency reported Thursday that the Syrian armed forces had intercepted an Israeli attack on a military airport in the central province of Homs. The US military later admitted it was a mistake.

Overnight a Hezbollah Twitter outlet accused the USA coalition of carrying air strikes against Assad regime targets in the east of the country.

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Loyalist troops are present west of the river while the USA -backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) dominated by the People's Protection Units (YPG), which Turkey views as terrorists due to its ties with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), are on the east.

Israel has reportedly carried out numerous air strikes in Syria in recent years to prevent the transfer of advanced Iranian weapons to Shi'ite Hezbollah, which is a proxy of the Tehran regime.

Daraa's location on the border of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights makes any operation there highly sensitive.

Syrian state media said a military airport near Homs city had come under missile attack which was repelled by its air defense systems on Thursday.

"We also caution the Syrian regime against any actions that risk broadening the conflict or jeopardize the ceasefire", said spokeswoman Heather Nauert, adding that the ceasefire had been re-affirmed by President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at a meeting in Vietnam in November.

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