Air strikes hit Syrian air base, state media report

Air strikes hit Syrian air base, state media report

Syrian state media said they were suspected to be USA strikes but US officials said that the US military had not launched air strikes.

A European diplomat said Western allies would work on building a dossier based on photos, videos, witness testimony and satellite images of Syrian flights and helicopters.

Missiles have hit the airbase, the news service reported, adding that the U.S.is likely the source of the attack.

Yevtushenko said that after Douma has been retaken by the government, Russian Federation is ready to immediately send its own chemical weapons experts in to "collect data that will confirm the fabricated character" of the allegations.

The timing of the strikes in central Homs province, hours after President Trump said there would be "a big price to pay" for the chemical weapons attack, raised questions about whether Israel was acting alone or as a proxy for the United States.

The Russian military, whose support for Assad has turned the war in his favour, said two Israeli F-15 war planes carried out the strike.

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The ministry said Syria shot down five out of the eight missiles that targeted the base.

Israel's Foreign Ministry had no comment when asked about reports of the airstrikes. Defense analysts quoted by Reuters said there were deployments of Russian forces at the base.

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

Housing Minister Yoav Galant, while also not confirming that Israel had carried out the attack, said: "We have clear interests in Syria". The Obama administration, having said that the use of the chemical weapons was a "red line" the regime could not cross, considered a military response at the time.

"It's time. We were successful against ISIS", Trump said.

"Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria", tweeted Trump.

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The agency said the bombing killed some people and injured others, but did not give an exact toll. However gaining access to samples on the ground would be hard.

The report came after a suspected poison gas attack killed at least 40 in the eastern suburbs of Damascus, the last foothold for the Syrian opposition in the area. Earlier, the Syrians had accused the US of the attack, but Washington denied that claim. The government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad denied carrying out the attack.

In a subsequent report, Fars said a third fighter called Mehdi Lotfi Niasar has been killed in the attack.

The UN Security Council is set to meet in an emergency session today to discuss the poison gas attack. President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad.

The statement said civil defense volunteers had found 42 casualties dead in their homes "with similar clinical symptoms of excessive oral foaming, cyanosis, and corneal burns".

"From what we hear now, I am afraid they are looking for a military option, which is very, very risky", he said after the United Nations meeting, where he said Russian Federation had investigated the scene in Douma and found no evidence that chemical weapons were used.

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For weeks, the remnant rebel holdout east of Damascus has faced an offensive by Syrian government forces, prompting moves to evacuate civilians, although Jaish al-Islam rebels have not confirmed such a deal.

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