US forces kill seven in Syria: eyewitnesses

October 27th, 2008 - 1:33 am ICT by IANS  

Damascus, Oct 26 (DPA) US forces killed seven men in a helicopter-borne attack inside Syria, residents in a Syrian border town near Iraq reported Sunday.Doctors in the town of Al-Sukkariya, some eight kilometres from the Iraqi border, said seven corpses and four wounded had been delivered to a nearby clinic after the attack.

The eyewitness accounts said that four helicopters were involved in the operation, with two of the helicopters landing in the town and eight American soldiers disembarking. The eyewitnesses said that the seven killed men were supposedly construction workers.

Afterwards, the US helicopters left Syrian airspace with all the soldiers again on board.

There was no initial US comment about the reported incident. If confirmed, it would be the first time that US forces had carried out an attack on Syrian soil.

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