US missile 'kills five Syrians'
BBC News - 24 March:
The official Syrian news agency says five Syrian civilians have been killed by an American missile on the Iraqi side of the border.
Syria has delivered an official protest to the US and Britain over the attack which it has condemned as a "terrible aggression".
US and British diplomats were summoned to the Syrian foreign ministry on Monday.
Syria "reserves the right to claim damages and warned against the danger of targeting innocent civilians," the Sana news agency reported.
The Syrians were said to be fleeing the fighting in Iraq when a missile hit their bus at Rutba, western Iraq.
At least 10 people were injured.
One of the wounded, Marwan al-Shayesh, told Syrian Television the bus had stopped for a break when the missile struck.
"Passengers were coming down from the bus when there was a huge explosion. We ran away and looked back to the bus and saw more than 10 wounded inside," he said.
Syrian officials say the missile strike violates the 1949 Geneva Convention to protect civilians during times of war.
Syria strongly opposes the US-led war on Iraq and has called for a peaceful solution to get Saddam Hussein to disarm.