Published: Tue, April 10, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Syrian media report missile strike on airbase in Homs

Syrian media report missile strike on airbase in Homs

The foreign ministry in Moscow also says in a statement on its website that allegations of the chemical attack are "fabricated", suggesting the claims were invented by rebel forces and the Syrian Civil Defense known as the White Helmets.

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.

The IDF shot down the drone, and dispatched a battery of planes to attack the Tadmor air base in Syria, where the drone was dispatched from, and several other targets in Syria.

Syrian state TV quoted an unnamed military official as saying that Israeli F-15 warplanes fired several missiles at T4.

Both the Joint Chiefs of Staff and CENTCOM, the U.S. forces in the Middle East, were compiling target lists and attack options to be presented to Trump and his national security team within hours, the officials said.

Israel has struck Syrian army locations many times in the course of the conflict, hitting convoys and bases of Iranian-backed militias that fight alongside Syrian President Bashar al Assad's forces.


It took place hours after U.S. President Donald Trump warned of a "big price to pay" following the reports of a poison gas attack on the rebel-held town of Douma which killed dozens of people, including children.

The US launched several dozen Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian air base past year after a chemical attack in the northern Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun killed dozens of people. The Pentagon later issued a statement saying, "At this time, the Department of Defense is not conducting airstrikes in Syria".

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Assad's government and its backers, including Russian Federation, "must be held to account" if it is found to have been responsible for the suspected poison gas attack.

The agency said it was likely "an American aggression" but USA officials say the United States had not launched airstrikes on Syria.

Russia's UN ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, urged inspectors from the watchdog agency to fly to Syria's capital today and visit the site in a nearby rebel-held town.He denied any attack occurred, telling the UN Security Council that experts from Russia's military radiological, biological and chemical unit went to the site and found no chemical substances on the ground, no dead, and no poisoned people in hospitals.

'President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad.


The Israeli government had no immediate comment.

Advisors have told the President that it is not wise to hastily withdraw troops from Syria. Although the agency said it was likely "an American aggression", US officials said the United States had not launched any airstrikes on Syria.

The UN Security Council has called an emergency meeting for Monday to discuss the incident amid worldwide outrage over the alleged used of poison gas.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Assad's government and its backers, including Russian Federation, "must be held to account" if it is found to have been responsible for the suspected poison gas attack.

USA government sources said Washington's assessment of the Saturday attack was that chemical weapons were used.

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Douma is the last remaining opposition-held town in Eastern Ghouta, once the rebels' main bastion outside Damascus but now ravaged by a seven-week regime assault.

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