Israel Blamed For Missile Strike On Syrian Airbase; 14 Reported Killed

Israel Blamed For Missile Strike On Syrian Airbase; 14 Reported Killed

Explosions have been heard around the T-4 airbase located in the suburbs of Homs in Syria, state-run Syrian Arab News Agency reported, citing an unidentified military source.

The agency said it was likely "an American aggression" but USA officials say the United States had not launched airstrikes on Syria.

A Syrian military source was quoted as saying air defenses shot down eight missiles fired at the base.

The French military has issued a statement, saying that it hadn't conduct a strike on the base. But in an interview Monday, former Israel Air Force Commander Eitan Ben Eliyahu said that Israel could very well have been involved in the attack.

The Syrian government denied staging Saturday's suspected poison gas assault on Douma. "If it's Russian Federation, if it's Syria, if it's Iran, if it's all of them together, we'll figure it out", Trump said.

"Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria", tweeted Trump. "Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it completely inaccessible to outside world".

President Donald Trump meanwhile blasted Russian President Vladimir Putin and the government of Iran for backing Assad, whom Trump dubbed "Animal Assad", in the country's years-long civil war. Big price to pay.

At the time of the weekend attack in Douma, Syrian government forces and their allies were in the midst of clearing the last pocket of rebel resistance in the eastern Ghouta region, where the town is located.

President Trump also condemned the Iranian regime and the Putin government for their support of the Assad regime.

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"It is necessary to warn again that military intervention under invented and fabricated pretexts in Syria, where at the request of the lawful government there are Russian military personnel, is absolutely unacceptable and can lead to the most serious consequences", the statement reads.

Guterres's speical envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, told the Council via a video link from Geneva that the terrorist group Jaish al-Islam that was in control of Douma had asked for United Nations intervention, but the Syrian government did not respond to it. "Israel and the US are the only two countries that could have carried this out, and Israel has operated in this area before".

The U.S. Pentagon said it was not conducting air strikes in Syria "at this time", formally denying the Syrian state television report.

The suspected poison gas attack on Saturday on the besieged town of Douma came nearly exactly a year after the USA missile attack prompted by the Khan Sheikhoun deaths.

One video shared by activists showed bodies of about a dozen children, women and men, some with foam at the mouth.

The United States launched a cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base a year ago in response to the killing of dozens of civilians in a sarin gas attack in an opposition-held town in northwest Syria.

The European Union also laid the blame squarely on Assad's government.

USA government sources said Washington's assessment of the Saturday attack was that chemical weapons were used.

Moscow said some 8,000 fighters and 40,000 civilians would be bussed out and said that proved "no chemical weapons were used in this area".

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