Russia claims Israel behind Syria air base strike

Russia claims Israel behind Syria air base strike

Defence ministry claims two IDF fighter jets launched an attack in central Syria in the early hours of Monday morning

An Israeli Air Force plane in action
An Israeli Air Force plane in action

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.

A Syrian military official also said Israel was behind the attack.

Russia said two Israeli fighter jets launched the attack on the T4 air base in central Syria from Lebanon’s air space in the early hours of Monday.

The ministry said Syria shot down five out of the eight missiles that targeted the base. It said the other three landed in the western part of the T4 base.

Syrian state TV meanwhile quoted the unnamed military official as saying Israeli F-15 warplanes had fired several missiles while flying over neighbouring Lebanon.

Fourteen people, including Iranians, were reported killed in the missile attack.

Rami Abdurrahman, who leads the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said most of those killed were either Iranians or members of Iran-backed groups.

Earlier, President Donald Trump promised a “big price to pay” for the weekend’s suspected chemical attack. The US launched several dozen Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian air base last year after a chemical attack in the northern Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun killed dozens of people. Israel has also struck inside Syria in recent years.

The suspected poison gas attack on Saturday on the besieged town of Douma came almost exactly a year after the US missile attack prompted by the Khan Sheikhoun deaths.



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