Deadly missile strikes hit Syria airbase

Syrian state news agency SANA said the Tayfur air base was hit by "several missiles" that left a number of dead and wounded, without giving exact casualty numbers.

Deadly missile strikes hit Syria airbase

World Bulletin / News Desk

Deadly missile strikes hit a Syrian military airbase on Monday, state media said, but Washington and Paris denied carrying them out in response to an alleged poison gas attack.

US President Donald Trump and French counterpart Emmanuel Macron had on Sunday vowed a "strong, joint response" to the suspected chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Douma.

The alleged gas attack sparked global alarm and the UN Security Council was expected to discuss the crisis later on Monday.

It said air defense systems had been activated and initially reported it as a "suspected US attack" but later withdrew all references to the United States.

SANA said there were dead and wounded but did not give specific figures.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the country's conflict, said 14 fighters had been killed, including Iranian forces allied to the country's regime.

Forces from regime allies Russia and Iran, as well as fighters from the Lebanese Hezbollah militia, are known to have a presence at the base, said Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman. 

In Washington, a Pentagon spokesman denied Washington was behind the strikes.

"At this time, the Department of Defence is not conducting air strikes in Syria," the spokesman said. 

"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."

Güncelleme Tarihi: 09 Nisan 2018, 09:39
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