Russian Federation claims Israel behind Syria air base strike

Israel behind overnight airstrikes in Syria Russia says

"The Syrian Air Defense Force has destroyed a few missiles, which attacked the T-4 air base".

The Syrian state broadcaster said there were several dead and wounded in the strike.

President Donald Trump meanwhile blasted Russian President Vladimir Putin and the government of Iran for backing Assad, whom Trump dubbed "Animal Assad", in the country's years-long civil war. Lavrov also said the strike on the T-4 base was a risky development. Israel hit the base, known as T4, in February, after it said an Iranian drone that violated Israeli airspace took off from it.

The Syrian government denied the allegations, which could not be independently verified.

Hundreds of Syrians have poured into the main square of the country's largest city, Aleppo, to celebrate the surrender of opposition fighters near the capital of Damascus. The government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad denied carrying out the attack.

The missiles were fired after the US said a year ago that Assad was responsible for a sarin gas attack on the area of Khan Sheikhoun in northwestern Syria, which killed over 100 people. Russian Federation announced on April 9 that it had resumed evacuating rebels and civilians from Douma under a negotiated pullout deal.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday rejected the reports of the attack, calling it a "provocation". "I have no doubt that the chemical attack was a factor in this attack as well", he added.

At least 14 people have died following missile strikes on a Syrian military air base in Tayfur, near the city of Homs. But he suggested that the chemical attack had crossed a red line and prompted Israel to take action to send a message to Syria and arch-enemy Iran. It said the other three landed in the western part of the T4 base. It gave no further details. It says they had been held by the Army of Islam group since 2013. It also, perhaps, came as a bit of a surprise as Trump has often been criticised for his lack of the same towards his Russian counterpart for his country's alleged involvement in the meddling of the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Ultimately, however, the Syrian government agreed to destroy its stockpiles of the weapon, and the US did not respond with strikes.

Syria says suspected US missiles fired at air base Washington denies strike

In response, the Trump administration ordered the the launch of a barrage of Tomahawk cruise missiles against a Syrian airbase, marking the first time the US had directly targeted the Syrian regime since the start of the country's civil war in 2011.

Al-Manar TV station of Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah group, which is fighting in Syria alongside the government forces, described the attack as an "Israeli aggression".

The United States has repeatedly offered measures to establish an independent UN investigation of who is behind the chemical attacks in Syria.

The Israeli Air Force was behind the latest air strike in Syria, and launched eight missiles on a Syrian base, Russia's defence ministry has said.

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

The Syrian government denied staging Saturday's suspected poison gas assault on Douma. The attack killed entire families in their homes and underground shelters, opposition activists and local rescuers said.

In contradiction with SANA news' reports, the source said that there were no casualties as a result of a missile strike, and the airbase did not suffer any material damage.

The United Nations also weighed in, saying that the alleged use of chemical weapons if true is "abhorrent".

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