US-led coalition defends strike on hospital in Syria

            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>&quot;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,&quot; said the coalition, using an alternate name for Daesh. </p>  <p>Maj. Gen. Patrick Roberson, CJTF-OIR Commanding General, said the terrorist organization &quot;has no regard for human life”.</p>  <p>&quot;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,&quot; said Roberson. </p>  <p>In a briefing, Pentagon spokesman Col. Rob Manning said using hospitals is &quot;unacceptable&quot;, which he said was a &quot;standard tactic&quot; 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.