Syria, Russia accuse Israel over strike on Syrian air base

10 April, 2018, 20:23 | Author: Jason Torres
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The Syrian state news agency SANA reported a missile attack on the country on Monday morning, while US officials are saying the military has not launched any strikes.

Trump had earlier said that Syrian allies Russian Federation and Iran may also bear some responsibility for the alleged chemical attack on April 7 in the rebel-held town of Douma, near Damascus, in which at least 40 people were reportedly killed.

The attacks were launched on the country's T4 military base and Syrian officials suspect American involvement in the attacks.

Interfax news agency cited the Russian Defence Ministry as saying Syrian air defence systems had shot down five of eight missiles fired.

Former US President Barack Obama had once said that the use of chemical weapons, which is banned under worldwide treaties, which Syria remains a part of, was a "Red Line" for the US' strategy in the Syrian Civil War.

According to the reports, the chemical attack on Saturday killed at least 49 people and injured 500 others, Thomas Markram, the deputy to the United Nations high representative for disarmament affairs, told the Council.

Rami Abdurrahman, who leads the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said most of those killed were either Iranians or members of Iran-backed groups.

The attack took place hours after US President Donald Trump warned of a "big price to pay" following the reports of a poison gas attack on the rebel-held town of Douma which killed dozens of people, including children.

In February, Macron had said "France will strike" in the event of a lethal chemical weapon attack on civilians by government forces in Syria.

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Syrian opposition activists and local rescuers said on Sunday that the suspected attack from the previous day against the last remaining foothold of the rebels in the eastern suburbs of Damascus killed at least 40 people.

"There was no chemical-weapons attack", Nebenzya said, adding that Syria and Russian Federation had invited the global chemical-weapons watchdog to inspect the site.

It was not initially clear who carried out the attack after both the USA and France denied that they were responsible for the attack. Russia, Assad's most powerful ally, called the reports fake. Although the agency said it was likely "an American aggression", USA officials said the United States had not launched any airstrikes on Syria.

When asked about the explosions, an Israeli spokeswoman declined to comment. The government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad denied carrying out the attack.

The Syrian government denied staging Saturday's suspected poison gas assault on Douma.

And a prominent Republican senator warned Trump that a failure to act now could leave him in a weakened posture internationally. The European Union also said evidence pointed to the use of chemical weapons by Assad's forces.

The U.N. Security Council planned to hold an emergency meeting Monday to discuss the chemical attack.

In April 2017, Trump ordered a strike on another Syrian air base, Shayrat, 70 kilometers (45 miles) west of T4, following similar allegations that Assad had used banned chemicals on civilians.


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