By Kasim Ileri</p> <p>WASHINGTON (AA) - The U.S.-led coalition against Daesh on Monday defended striking a hospital in eastern Syria.</p> <p>The Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve<br> (CJTF-OIR) said in a press release that Daesh terrorists used Hajin Hospital in Deir ez-Zor province as a platform to engage partner forces on Sunday.</p> <p>"By these actions, ISIS caused the hospital to lose its protected status afforded by the Law of Armed Conflict by using a facility otherwise protected under the Geneva Conventions," said the coalition, using an alternate name for Daesh. </p> <p>Maj. Gen. Patrick Roberson, CJTF-OIR Commanding General, said the terrorist organization "has no regard for human life”.</p> <p>"As we close in on them, they are getting more and more desperate and are hiding behind the safety of mosques, hospitals and other protected sites," said Roberson. </p> <p>In a briefing, Pentagon spokesman Col. Rob Manning said using hospitals is "unacceptable", which he said was a "standard tactic" used by the Daesh terror group. </p> <p>Manning said U.S. forces came under fire from the hospital. He had yet to comment on the casualties from the hospital strike.</p> <p>In October, several mosques were targeted by the coalition in Hajin, which left dozens of residents dead.