U.S. helicopters have launched attacks within Syrian territory, killing eight civilians, the official Syrian news agency SANA has said.
The agency said the attack, which also seriously wounded five, involved four helicopters and U.S. soldiers storming a civilian building on Syrian territory. The report is said to have taken place in the Bou Kamal border area, in eastern Syria on Sunday. Bou Kamal is the main crossing point into Iraq from Syria.
Local residents said the attack targeted a house in the area in which a man, his four sons and two nearby workers were among those killed.
Residents told the Associated Press that helicopters carrying U.S. soldiers raided Hwijeh village, 10 miles inside Syria’s border, killing eight people.
A Pentagon spokesman in Washington said he had no immediate information on the reported strike.
A U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad also said he had no immediate information but was checking into the reports.
The United States and the U.S.-backed Iraqi government blame Syria for not doing enough to stop anti-U.S. rebels, including al Qaeda fighters, from infiltrating over the border.