Syria, Russia Blame Israel for Deadly Attack on Assad Base

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Additionally, the Syrian American Medical Society has claimed that over "500 cases - the majority of whom are women and children - were brought to local medical centers with symptoms indicative of exposure to a chemical agent".

A top Russian diplomat says the Israeli ambassador in Moscow has been "invited" to the Foreign Ministry to discuss developments in Syria following an airstrike that both Moscow and Damascus have blamed on Israel.

"The airstrikes on T-4 airbase near Syria's Homs stand in stark violation of all global law and regulations", Qassemi said Monday. Syrian Army sources quoted by Reuters ensure that air defence systems intercepted eight rockets that had been fired at airfield, which also deployed Russian, Iranian, and Lebanese Shia militia forces from Hezbollah.

According to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, most of the 14 killed were either Iranian forces or Iran-backed proxies supporting the Syrian government.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Monday called for a "strong and robust worldwide response" to the attack, after similar calls by Paris and Washington.

A military spokeswoman for Israel, which has struck Syrian military positions several times in recent years, declined to comment.

The Hague: The global watchdog working to eradicate chemical weapons is investigating reports of a suspected poison gas attack on Douma, its head said.

Amidror told reporters a US strike in Syria could be used by Iran as a smokescreen "to do something against Israel".

President Trump vowed there would be a "big price to pay" for the chemical attack but after the latest airstrike, Pentagon spokesman Christopher Sherwood said "at this time, the Department of Defense is not conducting airstrikes in Syria".

Also, Syria stressed that the Israeli aggression on the T-4 Airport in the countryside of Homs would not have been possible without the U.S. limitless support.

It sparked a furious response from Mr Trump, who criticised Russian President Vladimir Putin for backing "animal Assad".

No Russian specialists present in Syria were injured in the attack, Moscow's defence ministry said.

Lebanon's National News Agency on Monday said Israeli warplanes were flying near the country's border with Syria.

Russia's Tass news agency reported Sunday that 8,000 fighters would be allowed to leave Douma for other opposition-held areas in northern Syria.

The Syrian government denied its forces had launched any chemical assault, while Russia, Assad's most powerful ally, called the reports fake and warned against military action on the basis of "invented and fabricated excuses".

Several buses of detainees arrived in Damascus overnight after having been freed by Jaish al-Islam, and rebels were being evacuated in a parallel operation on Monday, SANA said.

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