Israel accused of attack on Syrian military base that killed 14
13 April, 2018, 07:24 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
Israel and Russian Federation have held routine coordination talks since Russian Federation started to send forces to fight along Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's army in the war-torn country.
Russian Federation and Syria blamed Israel for a deadly airstrike on one of Bashar al-Assad's air bases Monday, which comes two days after an alleged chemical attack that killed at least 40 near Damascus.
"An aggression was perpetrated on T-4 air base in several strikes that is most likely to be an American attack", state television said in a news flash. The attack killed at least 14 people, seven of them were reported to be Iranian nationals.
According to Russian Federation, however, the Israeli jets launched eight missiles at the air base but five were intercepted.
In 2013, also in Eastern Ghouta, a sarin attack killed more than 1,000 people - an event that prompted then president Barack Obama to threaten military action against the Syrian government.
Aid groups said the woundedwere foaming at the mouth and in respiratory distress caused by the poison gas.
This image released early Sunday, April 8, 2018 by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, shows victims of an alleged chemical weapons attack collapsed on the floor of a building in the rebel-held town of Douma, near Damascus, Syria.
'The Israeli attack constitutes an indirect response to the success of the Syrian Arab Army in eliminating armed terrorist groups from the Damascus suburbs and other Syrian areas, ' a recently issued Foreign Ministry statement reads.
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Douma is one of the opposition's last strongholds near the capital, and had come under heavy bombardment by Syrian government and allied forces in recent weeks.
"Tel Aviv is now more involved in the Syrian developments and would benefit from the global mobilization against (regime chief Bashar) Assad", he said, adding that Israel is keen on stopping the Iranian expansion in the region and on preventing the presence in Syria and Lebanon of Iranian missiles that threaten Israel's national security.
Russian Federation was joined by Bolivia in voting "no" at the Security Council in NY on Tuesday afternoon, while China abstained. French President Emmanuel Macron has indicated that he supports a "strong, joint response" to the reported chemical attack.
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