Syria air base attack: 14 killed, including Iranian forces

12 April, 2018, 00:43 | Author: Charlene Valdez
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Syria says Israel was only able to carry out an airstrike on a central Syrian air base because of the "unlimited support of the American administration".

On Tuesday, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said he "didn't know what happened" with regards to who was responsible for the attack but reiterated that Israel "will not allow Iranian entrenchment in Syria".

Israel fears Iran could use Syria's territory to stage attacks on it.

The children of Eastern Ghouta, in the suburb of the capital Damascus, have already suffered through years of violence. Both Washington and Paris denied being behind the strike on Tayfur, which happened hours before an emergency United Nations meeting on Monday over the reported use of toxic gas - allegedly by the Syrian regime - on the town of Douma. After the airstrikes were reported, however, Pentagon spokesman Christopher Sherwood said in a statement: "At this time, the Department of Defense is not conducting air strikes in Syria".

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In Block's view, "whatever the debate over the JCPOA - the nuclear agreement signed between Iran, six world powers and the European Union in 2015 - a robust consensus in Congress is needed that Iran's military role in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and elsewhere must be countered".

He said that Washington had "a lot of options militarily" on Syria. He added that it also hit posts outside the base used by the Iranians and Iran-backed fighters.

Israel's foreign ministry had no comment when asked about the accusations.

Last week, President Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation met with his Iranian and Turkish counterparts to determine the future of Syria, a development Block warned "should send chills down our spine".

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"The timing of the strike isn't coincidental", he said. Israel has neither confirmed nor denied launching the attack.

"By striking [Syrian President Bashar al-Assad] and his Iranian allies just a day after Trump warned them of the price they would pay".

Russia's Foreign Ministry called the latest reports of a chemical attack a provocation.

Valiati praised the actions of the Syrian army in the attack. It has investigated more than 70 cases of alleged toxic gas attacks in Syria since 2014.

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