CANBERRA, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) — Australia's prime minister expressed regrets for the loss of life and injuries sustained by dozens of Syrian government soldiers after it was revealed that Australian military jets were involved in a coalition bombing raid at the weekend.

Malcolm Turnbull said that Australian jets were involved in the airstrikes which killed dozens of Syrian soldiers, after they were mistaken for Islamic State (IS) forces at the Deir al-Zour military airport in the Middle Eastern nation's east.

Turnbull said as soon as coalition forces were made aware the soldiers were not IS militants, the operation was suspended, and added that a review of the attack would be undertaken to determine whether or not coalition forces could have coordinated better.

"As soon as the coalition were advised that there were Syrian government personnel that had been affected by the strike, the operation was discontinued," Turnbull told reporters overnight.

"We regret the loss of life and injury to any Syrian personnel affected."

A senior advisor to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said the Syrian government is of the belief the airstrikes were an "intentional" move, however an Australian Defence Department statement issued after the attack said the loss of life was tragic and accidental.

It added that Australian military forces would "never intentionally" target forces other than those of Islamic State.

"While Syria remains a dynamic and complex operating environment, Australia would never intentionally target a known Syrian military unit or actively support (Islamic State)," the statement read.