Russian Federation and Syria blame Israel for deadly attack on Syria airbase


Syrian state media had earlier reported dead and wounded in the strike, without giving casualty figures. 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.

Syria and its allies Russian Federation and Iran deny the attack and have called for an investigation by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

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.

Meanwhile, Israel's ambassador to Russia, Gary Koren, was summoned to the foreign ministry in Moscow in the wake of the attack, in which 14 people.

Monday's aerial attack struck an Iranian drone section of Syria's T4 base, which was under exclusive Iranian command, he said.

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.

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The US envoy to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said Washington "will respond" to the attack regardless of whether the UN Security Council acts or not.

"When the Syrian regime continues to use chemical weapons against civilians with impunity, protected by Russian Federation and Iran, that line has always been crossed".

The discussions also touched on developments in Syria and the region in light of political variables and the victories achieved on the ground by the Syrian Arab Army and its allies against terrorism. They have been denied proper education, food, healthcare, and have been forced to live in basements for months to shelter from attacks.

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

Valiati praised the actions of the Syrian army in the attack. More than 1,000 Iranians have been killed in Syria's civil war, including senior members of the Guards.

Eastern Ghouta, which is home to almost 400,000 people, fell to multiple militant groups in 2012, months after Syria plunged into crisis and has since served as a launch pad for fatal attacks against residents and infrastructure in Damascus. It has investigated more than 70 cases of alleged toxic gas attacks in Syria since 2014.