Published: Tue, April 10, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Russia says Israel was behind Syria airstrike

Russia says Israel was behind Syria airstrike

The Russian military said on Monday that two Israeli war planes carried out strikes on Syrian regime air base from Lebanese air space with eight missiles after US and France denied responsibilty for the attack.

Syrian activists have said that a poison gas attack on Douma, a town held by rebels, have killed over 40 people while the rest are seriously injured.

President Trump recently told us military leaders to begin making plans to withdraw troops from Syria, but a senior administration official told NBC that Trump reluctantly agreed to keep troops in Syria for an unspecified amount of time in order to defeat ISIS.

"On April 9 from 03.25 to 03.53 Moscow time, two F-15 jets of Israeli Air Forces, without entering Syrian air space, from territory of Lebanon, fired eight guided missiles at Tiyas air base".

Both the Joint Chiefs of Staff and CENTCOM, the United States forces in the Middle East, were compiling target lists and attack options to be presented to Trump and his national security team within hours, the officials said.

Earlier, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claimed the airstrikes killed 14 people, including Iranian citizens at the military base near the city of Homs in Syria.

It took place hours after U.S. 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.

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

However, Pentagon spokesman Christopher Sherwood denied playing part in the strike, confirming in a statement, 'At this time, the Department of Defence is not conducting air strikes in Syria'.

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The missiles were fired after the USA said a year ago that Assad was responsible for a sarin gas attack on the area of Khan Sheikhoun in northwestern Syria, which killed over 100 people.

"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.

Trump today condemned the "heinous attack" in Syria and said later at a Cabinet meeting that he would "forcefully" respond.

Pentagon later said in a statement that it is not carrying out airstrikes on Syria, denying the reports of the USA attack. Although the agency said it was likely "an American aggression", USA officials said the United States had not launched any airstrikes on Syria.

Israeli opposition lawmaker Yair Lapid told Army Radio: "Israel will not accept an Iranian military presence in Syria and will not accept Iran's creeping entrenchment in Syria and this has costs". The government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has denied the allegations and Russia's Maj.

Israel did not comment on Monday's missile strike.

United Nations war crimes investigators had previously documented 33 chemical attacks in Syria, attributing 27 to the Assad government, which has repeatedly denied using the weapons.

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

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.

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