Dec 06, 2019 18:13 UTC
  •  Unidentified armed men attack US military base in eastern Syria

A group of unknown gunmen has reportedly attacked a US military base inside an oil field in Syria’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr, prompting American forces at the site to respond.

Syria’s official news agency SANA reported that the assailants targeted the “illegitimate” base in the al-Omar oil field, which lies in the northeastern countryside of the province, as truckloads of military gears were reaching the site.

The report added that US forces fired artillery shelling and flare bombs in response.

On October 28, the US military started reinforcing its positions around oil fields in eastern Syria, asserting the new deployments were part of its purported counter-terrorist mission.

Syria's UN Ambassador Bashar al-Ja'afari says the United States has been occupying the country's oil fields and looting its resources as the UN remains silent on Washington's act of theft.

"The US occupies Syrian oil wells and plunders the Syrians' revenues in the shadow of the UN Security Council's silence," he told a meeting of the 15-member body in New York on November 23.

Ja'afari said the US state terrorism has targeted Syria in a bid to change the region's geopolitical map. "The Syrian war will end when foreign support for terrorism ends," he added.