Russia, Syria say Israel bombs Syrian military base

Hugh Fox
April 13, 2018

Syrian forces were able to shoot down five of the eight missiles, according to the defense ministry. But he suggested that the airstrike came in response to a reported chemical attack that killed 40 people in Damascus.

The strikes came less than two days after a chemical weapons attack in the rebel-held Syrian town of Douma, for which both the United States and France threatened to retaliate.

On Monday, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported, citing its own correspondent, that the Tiyas airbase in the province of Homs had been subjected to a missile attack.

President Trump vowed there would be a "big price to pay" for the chemical attack but after the latest airstrike, Pentagon spokesman Christopher Sherwood said "at this time, the Department of Defense is not conducting airstrikes in Syria".

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This article has been adapted from its original source. Moscow reportedly has called on Israel to clarify its involvement.

Russian Federation and Syria claim Israel conducted the confusing pre-dawn airstrike on a Syrian airbase Monday.

The evacuations follow a pattern of departures around the capital, Damascus, and other major Syrian cities as the government reasserts its control after seven years of war.

In his tweets Sunday, Trump called Assad an "animal" and delivered a rare personal criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin for supporting him.

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The UN Security Council will meet twice on Monday following rival requests by Russian Federation and the United States. Among them was a young man who appeared to have died foaming at the mouth and clutching his child.

Syrian war monitors say government forces and their allies are on alert and taking precautionary measures at military bases and posts across the country amid fears of a military attack by the United States.

The European Union also said evidence pointed to the use of chemical weapons by Assad's forces.

Israel, as is its standing policy, has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the attack. Gen. Yuri Yevtushenko was quoted by Russian news agencies Sunday as saying Russia was prepared to send specialists to Douma to "confirm the fabricated nature" of the reports.

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In 2013, also in Eastern Ghouta, a sarin attack killed more than 1,000 people - an event that prompted then president Barack Obama to threaten military action against the Syrian government.

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