Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Damage to Syria's T-4 air base after deadly missile strike

Gerardo Duncan | 12 April, 2018, 00:47

Syria's government and its ally Iran have accused Israel of carrying out the attack on the Tiyas, or T-4, air base near Homs - something that Israel has not confirmed or denied. The Syrian American Medical Society said it had counted 49 people killed in the attack, and the toll may rise as more bodies are identified.

Iran's Foreign Ministry said Israel was responsible for "flagrant" aggression in Syria.

BEIRUT - Russia and the Syrian military blamed Israel for a pre-dawn missile attack Monday on an air base in central Syria, saying Israeli fighter jets launched the missiles from Lebanon's air space.

Forces from regime allies Russian Federation and Iran, as well as fighters from the Tehran-backed Lebanese Hezbollah militia, are known to have a presence there, said Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman.

We have one clear and simple rule and we seek to express it constantly: "If someone tries to attack you - rise up and attack him", said Netanyahu, referencing the Talmudic dictum of "when someone plans to kill you, get up early and kill him first".

A girl looks on following alleged chemical weapons attack, in what is said to be Douma, Syria in this still image from video obtained by Reuters on April 8, 2018. Russian Federation and Syria have bluntly claimed that Israel was behind the attack.

Israeli officials have remained silent, neither claiming nor denying responsibility for the attack.

Despite Trump's earlier warning that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would pay a "big price" for his military's alleged use of poison, analysts questioned whether United States strikes would influence the course of events on the battlefield and stem the seeming inevitability of a Syrian government victory over its opponents.

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

Valiati praised the actions of the Syrian army in the attack.

Damascus and its allies have denounced the accusations, the government brushing them off as an "unconvincing broken record".

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's participation in the meeting, alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is perceived by the defense establishment not only as a sign of gratitude to Iran for its efforts to help salvage the Assad regime in Syria, but also as a guarantee of Iran's future role there.

According to the London-based war monitoring group, Syrians for Human Rights, most of the dead were members of the Iranian military or of groups backed by Iran.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons "made a preliminary analysis of the reports of the alleged use of chemical weapons immediately after they were issued", said director general Ahmet Uzumcu.

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