Published: Tue, April 10, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Casualties reported in strike on Syria air base: state media

Casualties reported in strike on Syria air base: state media

It was the second such airstrike this year on the Syrian air base, known as T4, where Iranian fighters are believed to be stationed.

Russian U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said on Monday that Moscow has warned the United States of "grave repercussions" if it carries out an attack against Syrian government forces over reports of a deadly chemical weapons attack.

"Several missiles hit the Tayfur airport".

Seven Iranian military personnel were killed in Sunday's air strike on a Syrian air base, Tasnim news agency said, nearly double the number originally reported.

Speaking at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on Monday, Russia's permanent representative Vassily Nebenzia denied that chemical weapons had been used in Douma and said Syrian authorities and Russian troops would provide facilities for experts from the Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to visit the attack area.

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The attack was carried out before daybreak Monday and was initially thought to be carried out by the United States, which has recently threatened retaliation against the Syrian army over allegations made by the rebels about the use of chlorine gas in a recent attack on the Douma district, the last rebel-held area in Eastern Ghouta.

As global officials worked to try to confirm the chemical attack, Trump took the rare step of directly criticising Russian President Vladimir Putin in connection with the incident. Russia, President Bashar al-Assad's most powerful ally, called the reports fake. Big price to pay.

The Israeli warplanes fired several rockets from inside the Lebanese airspace and targeted the T-4 air base in the eastern countryside of the Homs province in central Syria.

Nebenzia alleged that the anti-government forces had chemical weapons and could stage an attack.

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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Following the attack, the rebel group Jaish al-Islam gave way to a Syrian government demand that it accept safe passage out to rebel-held areas at the Turkish border. The gas attack was blamed on Assad.

Trump on Monday condemned the "heinous attack" in Syria and said he would make a decision on a US response "probably by the end of today" after huddling with military advisers.

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

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.

The UN Security Council will meet twice on Monday following rival requests by Russian Federation and the United States to investigate the alleged chemical attack. However gaining access to samples on the ground would be hard.

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