Beirut: The US-led coalition against jihadists in Syria struck late Sunday the entrance to the country`s main gas plant, in an apparent warning to Islamic State (IS) militants to abandon the premises under their control, a monitor said.
"The international coalition has for the first time struck the entrance and prayer area of the Coneco gas plant. It is under IS control, and is the largest in Syria," said Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman.
The United States and a group of mainly Gulf Arab allies launched strikes against jihadist positions in Syria on Tuesday, a month and a half after strikes against the IS began in neighbouring Iraq.
Up until Sunday, the strikes had targeted mainly jihadist bases and makeshift oil refineries used by the militants, in a bid to weaken one of their main sources of financing.
The strike against the Coneco gas plant`s entrance and prayer area "did not kill any jihadists, though it did injure some of them", Abdel Rahman told AFP.
"It appears as though the international coalition is trying to force the jihadists to leave the plant," he said.
The Coneco gas plant is located in eastern Syria`s Deir Ezzor province, which is the country`s richest in oil and is located on the Iraq border.