This is a developing story.
Syria and Russia are blaming Israel for an airstrike that killed Iranian military members at a Syrian air base Sunday, in response to their chemical attack that killed at least 40 civilians, including women and children.
Missile strikes on a Syrian air base have left 14 dead hours after Donald Trump warned ‘animal’ dictator Bashar al-Assad there would be a ‘big price to pay’ for a horrifying chemical attack that killed dozens of children.
Syria and Russia has blamed Israel for the strike on the T-4 military base in Homs province, but the country has refused to comment on its possible involvement.
Moscow said two Israeli F-15 fighters launched the attack while flying over neighbouring Lebanon, targeting the base with eight missiles – five of which were shot down. The aircraft did not enter Syrian airspace, it said, while local reports claimed the rockets crossed Lebanese airspace over Keserwan and Bekaa districts.
The US and France have both denied launching the attack, which is understood to have killed a number of Iranian fighters loyal to Assad.
It followed a suspected poison gas attack on Saturday on the last remaining foothold for the Syrian opposition in the eastern suburbs of Damascus. At least 40 were killed while horrific images showed men, women and children gasping for air and foaming at the mouth and medics said survivors smelled strongly of chlorine.
While Israel has refused to confirm it was behind the attack, it may be possible that they carried out the strike in cooperation with the United States. Prior to the attack, President Donald Trump warned Syria would pay for its actions.
Syria’s state-run news agency SANA said this morning’s airbase attack was ‘Israeli aggression’ having earlier pointed the finger at the US.
Israel has so far refused to comment but it carried out strikes against a Syrian government base in the country’s centre in February, with war monitors identifying it at the time as T-4.
Israel has struck targets inside Syria on multiple occasions throughout the country’s seven-year war, including those linked to Iran and Hezbollah or to Assad’s chemical weapons programme. An Israeli military spokeswoman declined to comment this morning.
Trump and French counterpart Emmanuel Macron had on Sunday vowed a ‘strong, joint response’ to the suspected chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Douma.
Horrific images from the alleged strike sparked global alarm and the UN Security Council was expected to discuss the crisis later on Monday.