Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Russia, Syria Blame Israel For Confusing Strike On Syrian Airbase

Russia, Syria Blame Israel For Confusing Strike On Syrian Airbase

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. "I hope at least that the U.S. military and those of the countries participating in the coalition led by the United States understand that", Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Monday at a press conference.

Earlier on Monday, Syria's state news agency SANA said the attack was likely "an American aggression", but USA officials said the United States had not launched the strikes. "The State of Israel presents an object of admiration for the entire world", Erdan said, Israel Radio reports.

The measures come as President Donald Trump is threatening an imminent military strike against Syria, vowing to respond "forcefully" to Saturday's apparent chemical weapons attack on civilians and warning that Russian Federation or any other nation found to share responsibility will "pay a price".

The Israeli ambassador to Moscow Gary Koren has been summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry to discuss developments in Syria following an air strike that Moscow and the Syrian regime have accused Israel of launching, a senior Russian diplomat said.

Monday's missile attack came hours after U.S. President Donald Trump warned there would be a "big price to pay" after a suspected poison gas attack Saturday on the last remaining foothold for Syrian opposition groups in the eastern suburbs of Damascus.

"Three missiles reached the western part of the aerodrome, five were destroyed by the Syrian Air Defense Forces", the ministry said in a statement.

Smoke billows in the town of Douma, the last opposition holdout in Syria's Eastern Ghouta, on April 7, 2018, after Syrian regime troops resumed a military blitz to pressure rebels to withdraw.

In his tweets Sunday, Trump called Assad an "animal" and delivered a rare personal criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin for supporting him. The original number of Iranian fatalities in the attack was four. Among them was a young man who appeared to have died foaming at the mouth and clutching his child. Some had bluish skin, a sign of oxygen deprivation, according to a statement, symptoms consistent with chemical exposure. But it said the suffocations were the result of shelters collapsing on people inside them.

The European Union also said evidence pointed to the use of chemical weapons by Assad's forces.

Russian Federation denied any involvement in the attack. Maj. Douma was the only town left holding out. The U.S. threatened military action but later backed down.

The raid on the T4 airfield in Homs province comes as tensions rise over possible US military action in Syria in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack on a Damascus suburb late Saturday.

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