Missile strike delivered against Syrian airfield

Hannah Rogers
April 10, 2018

But in an interview Monday, former Israel Air Force Commander Eitan Ben Eliyahu said that Israel could very well have been involved in the attack.

Syrian state media said they were suspected to be U.S. strikes but the Pentagon formally denied involvement saying it was not conducting air strikes in Syria "at this time".

According to the Syrian media, the country's air defenses had come face to face with a missile attack during which almost 8 missiles were shot down.

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.

Syrian state TV meanwhile quoted the unnamed military official as saying Israeli F-15 warplanes had fired several missiles while flying over neighboring Lebanon.

Speaking at a meeting with USA military advisers late on April 9, Trump said, "we're making a decision as to what we do with respect to the awful attack that was made near Damascus.and it will be met forcefully".

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based monitor, said at least 14 people were killed including some fighters of various nationalities.

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

Israel, which has struck Syrian army locations many times in the course of its neighbour's seven-year-old civil war, has not confirmed nor denied mounting the raid.

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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.

"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.

As global officials worked to try to confirm Saturday's chemical attack on Douma, a Syria medical relief group said at least 60 people had been killed there and more than 1,000 injured in several sites.

Russia's UN ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, urged inspectors from the watchdog agency to fly to Syria's capital today and visit the site in a nearby rebel-held town.He denied any attack occurred, telling the UN Security Council that experts from Russia's military radiological, biological and chemical unit went to the site and found no chemical substances on the ground, no dead, and no poisoned people in hospitals. She called Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a "monster" who "no civilized government would have anything to do with". He tweeted on Sunday there would be a "big price to pay" and said Russian Federation, its president, Vladimir Putin, and Iran were responsible for enabling "Animal Assad".

The attacks have come almost a week after Trump expressed his desire to bring the US troops back to the country.

Israel did not comment on Monday's missile strike.

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

Ultimately, however, the Syrian government agreed to destroy its stockpiles of the weapon, and the US did not respond with strikes.

The United Nations Security Council is scheduled to hold an emergency meeting on Monday to discuss the alleged chemical attack.

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