Syria says USA suspected of attacking air base but Pentagon denies it

Syria says USA suspected of attacking air base but Pentagon denies it

A Syrian monitoring group says a missile strike on a Syrian air base killed 14 people including Iranians early Monday.

A picture taken on April 8, 2018, shows Syrian Army soldiers gathering in an area on the eastern outskirts of Douma, as they continue their fierce offensive to retake the last opposition holdout in Eastern Ghouta.

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.

"Several missiles hit the Tayfur airport".

Nebenzia also said that investigators with the global chemical weapons watchdog should fly to Syria as early as Tuesday to look into accusations about the attack, offering them protection from Syrian authorities and Russian troops.

The US Pentagon said it was not conducting air strikes in Syria "at this time", formally denying the Syrian state television report.

Monday's missile attack followed a suspected poison gas attack on Saturday on the last remaining foothold for the Syrian opposition in the eastern suburbs of Damascus. "US President Donald Trump promised a 'big price to pay" for the suspected chemical attack.

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.

SANA said regime air defences had shot down eight missiles.

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"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. Washington denied this, and France, which in February had said it would strike in the event of a chemical weapon attack on civilians by Syrian government forces, also said its forces were not involved.

According to The Atlantic, The White Helmets, a voluntary aide group, pinned the blame for the assault, which claimed more than 40 civilian lives, on the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

The Observatory says it wasn't immediately clear who was behind the attack.

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

Guterres's speical envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, told the Council via a video link from Geneva that the terrorist group Jaish al-Islam that was in control of Douma had asked for United Nations intervention, but the Syrian government did not respond to it.

The U.N. Security Council planned to hold an emergency meeting Monday to discuss the chemical attack.

A European diplomat said Western allies would work on building a dossier based on photos, videos, witness testimony and satellite images of Syrian flights and helicopters.

United Nations war crimes investigators had previously documented 33 chemical attacks in Syria, attributing 27 to the Assad regime, which has repeatedly denied using the weapons.

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