Israel launches airstrikes on Syria air base

Israel launches airstrikes on Syria air base

Worldwide condemnation grew over a suspected poison gas attack in a rebel-held town near Damascus said to have been carried out by the Syrian government, while Syria and its main ally, Russia, blamed Israel for air strikes on a Syrian air base Monday that reportedly killed 14 people, including four Iranians.

"Three missiles reached the western part of the aerodrome, five were destroyed by the Syrian Air Defense Forces", the ministry said in a statement. Reports said that Trump's comment has come a year and a day after the USA fired cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase in retaliation for a deadly sarin gas attack in 2017.

An informed source told Sputnik on Monday that the Syrian Air Defense Force shot down the missiles. SANA said the missile attack resulted in a number of casualties, but provided no specific figures.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based monitor, said at least 14 people were killed including some fighters of various nationalities, a reference to Iranian-backed Shi'ite militia members, mostly from Iraq, Lebanon and Iran fighting alongside the Syrian army.

Russian Federation and Syria have invited a probe into the alleged chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Douma after United States president Donald Trump threatened that there would be a "big price to pay".

Nebenzia alleged that the anti-government forces had chemical weapons and could stage an attack.

The supposed poison gas attack killed at least 80, leaving men, women and children foaming at the mouth and struggling to breathe in the rebel-held town of Douma, a suburb of Damascus.

"An aggression was perpetrated on T-4 air base in several strikes that is most likely to be an American attack", state television said in a news flash.

Russia's UN ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, urged inspectors from the watchdog agency to fly to Syria's capital today and visit the site in a nearby rebel-held town.He denied any attack occurred, telling the UN Security Council that experts from Russia's military radiological, biological and chemical unit went to the site and found no chemical substances on the ground, no dead, and no poisoned people in hospitals.

File image of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

According to Ben Eliyahu the base that was hit was the source of the drone that entered Israeli airspace in February.

The Israeli government had no immediate comment. "And I think President Trump made that very clear early in his administration".

Douma is the last remaining opposition-held town in Eastern Ghouta, once the rebels' main bastion outside Damascus but now ravaged by a seven-week regime assault.

Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron "agreed to exchange information on the nature of the attacks and coordinate a strong, joint response", the White House said in statement on their phone call. The US and France have denied striking in response to an alleged poison attack two days ago.

Haley accused Russian Federation of protecting Syria at the United Nations while Moscow's military advisers in Damascus are helping Assad wage a "starve or surrender campaign" against Syrian civilians that includes the use of chemical weapons.

The U.N. Security Council will meet twice on Monday following rival requests by Russian Federation and the United States.

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