Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Syria hit by another chemical strike?

Syria hit by another chemical strike?

The Ministry confirmed in a statement that Israel's Ambassador Gary Koren was summoned for a conversation with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, Xinhua news agency reported.

The April 9 Israeli attack on the Syrian Arab Air Force's (SyAAF) Tiyas airbase near Homs, also known as the T-4 airbase, was needed not only to divert public attention away from the victories of Syrian government forces in Eastern Ghouta, but also to test the country's air defenses, the Syrian military analyst suggested.

US officials to say they were weighing options to strike Syrian government targets and the Syria's state news agency initially blamed Monday's strike on the United States.

"The airstrikes on T-4 airbase near Syria's Homs stand in stark violation of all worldwide law and regulations", Qassemi said Monday.

Interfax cited the Russian Defence Ministry as saying Syrian air defence systems had shot down five of eight missiles fired.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the country's conflict, said 14 fighters had been killed, including Syrian army officers and Iranian forces. Washington and Paris denied any involvement.

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Israel says the attack "joins a long series of similar attacks using chemical weapons" by the Assad regime after it undertook to disarm from such weapons.

Trump is expected to announce if the going to take any retaliatory measures against Syria for the chemical attack.

A statement from the Lebanese Armed Forces says the warplanes stayed in Lebanese airspace for about 10 minutes, starting at 3:25 am on Monday before leaving.

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".

Al-Manar TV station of Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah group, which is fighting in Syria alongside the government forces, described the attack as an "Israeli aggression".

"However, we continue to closely watch the situation and support the ongoing diplomatic efforts to hold those who use chemical weapons, in Syria and otherwise, accountable".

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Assad and the Russian government have denied the attack, but President Trump isn't buying their denial.

The Russian defence ministry repeated the Syrian claims.

He said the Russian military visited the site of the suspected attack and found no traces of the chemicals.

Their release is part of a newly reached deal in which thousands of Army of Islam fighters and their relative will be allowed to leave the town of Douma and head to rebel-held part in northern Syria.

Since Friday, March 30th, violent protesters in the Gaza Strip have amassed on Israel's border, clashing with Israeli security forces in riots that have left roughly 30 Gazans dead and hundreds more wounded.

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