Air strikes hit Syrian air base, state media report
Apr 10 2018
The politician said the Syrian government was expecting a limited USA strike, similar to the one on Shayrat air base a year ago, which came after an alleged chemical attack on a rebel-held town in northern Syria that killed dozens of people.
Russian Federation said a USA military strike against Syria would have "grave repercussions" and stressed that the use of chlorine or sarin had not been confirmed in the attack Saturday in Douma.
A Syrian monitoring group says a missile strike on a Syrian air base killed 14 people including Iranians early Monday.
For the second time in less than 24 hours, Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron spoke by telephone to coordinate their response, the White House said.
It later added that there were "dead and wounded" in the strike, without giving exact casualty numbers.
Israel has neither confirmed nor denied responsibility for the attack on the Syrian base.
Syrian rescuers and medics said the attack on Douma killed at least 40 people.
Asked about the Russian statement, an Israeli military spokesman said he had no immediate comment.
Syria's White Helmets, who act as first responders in rebel-held areas of Syria, said the Douma attack took place late on Saturday using "poisonous chlorine gas".
"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.
Trump today condemned the "heinous attack" in Syria and said later at a Cabinet meeting that he would "forcefully" respond.
Saturday's suspected poison gas attack on the besieged town of Douma came nearly exactly a year after the US missile attack prompted by the Khan Sheikhoun deaths.
On Sunday, President Trump expressed his disgust at the gas attack, tweeting, 'Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria.
"The army, which is advancing rapidly and with determination, does not need to use any kind of chemical agents", the statement said.
The UN Security Council has called an emergency meeting for Monday to discuss the incident amid worldwide outrage over the alleged used of poison gas.
Following the attack, the rebel group Jaish al-Islam gave way to a Syrian government demand that it accept safe passage out to rebel-held areas at the Turkish border. Dr. Muhammad, a doctor in Ghouta, said patients were coughing blood, a symptom not seen in previous chemical attacks.
Trump said, however, that Washington was "getting more clarity" on who was responsible for the attack.
"Through the relevant channels we already conveyed to the USA that armed force under mendacious pretext against Syria - where, at the request of the legitimate government of a country, Russian troops have been deployed - could lead to grave repercussions", he said. The politician, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about secret military movements, said the atmosphere and USA statements hint at a possible strike, "but there are no indications on the ground so far".