Syrian army says Israel behind attack on T-4 air base

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His comments came exactly a year and a day after the U.S. fired cruise missiles at a Syrian air base in retaliation for a deadly sarin gas attack in 2017.

The Russian military, whose forces are supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, said two Israeli F-15 war planes had carried out the strikes on the Syrian T-4 air base, the Interfax news agency reported.

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

The strike on the Tayfur air base in the central province of Homs, came as global outrage mounts over an attack on Saturday in the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta.

The Syrian state news agency SANA reported a missile attack on the country on Monday morning, while US officials are saying the military has not launched any strikes.

Syrian state TV said there were casualties in what it said was a suspected US missile attack on the T-4 airfield near Homs, which is close to the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria.

Earlier, President Donald Trump promised a "big price to pay" for the weekend's suspected chemical attack.

The suspected chemical attack came as the Syrian regime on Friday intensified the air and ground assault on Douma, the last rebel foothold in eastern Ghouta district on the edge of the capital, Damascus.

One video shared by activists showed bodies of about a dozen children, women and men, some with foam at the mouth.

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She said live fire by Israel forces killed 16 people and reportedly wounded more than 1,000 others, many who were unarmed. The Israeli human rights group B'Tselem has called on Israeli soldiers to refuse to open fire on unarmed demonstrators.

The U.N. Security Council will meet twice on Monday following rival requests by Russian Federation and the United States.

Syria and its main ally Russian Federation blamed Israel for carrying out an attack on a Syrian air base near Homs on Monday which followed reports of a poison gas attack by President Bashar al-Assad's forces on a rebel-held town.

Reuters could not independently verify the reports.

The Observatory says it wasn't immediately clear who was behind the attack.

The European Union also laid the blame squarely on Assad's government. However gaining access to samples on the ground would be hard.

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

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said it had opened an investigation to determine what exactly had happened in Douma.

Professor Rapharl Pitti of UOSSM France said that after viewing videos from the site, the patients seem to present convulsions more typical of sarin.

The Syrian opposition blamed the suspected chemical attack on Saturday in the town of Douma on government forces. It had been under the control of Islamic State militants until the Syrian army and its allies regained control past year after heavy Russian military intervention. It says they had been held by the Army of Islam group since 2013.

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