United States and France deny involvement in Syrian missile strikes which killed 14

Glen Norman
April 10, 2018

The Pentagon said: "The Department of Defense is not conducting air strikes in Syria".

Israel did not comment on Monday's missile strike.

Israel has struck Syrian army locations many times in the course of the conflict, hitting convoys and bases of Iranian-backed militias that fight alongside Syrian President Bashar al Assad's forces.

AP quoted SANA saying it was "likely to be an American aggression" though USA officials told the organization no American military action had been taken.

Interfax news agency cited the Russian Defence Ministry as saying Syrian air defence systems had shot down five of eight missiles fired.

The French military has issued a statement, saying that it hadn't conduct a strike on the base.

US President Donald Trump's top military commanders were on Sunday preparing a set of options for carrying out strikes against the Syrian government, senior military officials told i24NEWS, after a devastating toxic gas attack killed dozens.

It is believed the strikes are in response to an alleged chemical gas attack on Saturday. It also, perhaps, came as a bit of a surprise as Trump has often been criticised for his lack of the same towards his Russian counterpart for his country's alleged involvement in the meddling of the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

In a separate incident on Saturday, 41 people were reported killed and hundreds wounded in an alleged poison gas attack in the town of Douma, according to the Syrian American Medical Society, a nonprofit medical relief organization.

"Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria", tweeted Trump. "Big price to pay", Trump wrote on Twitter.

Israel has neither confirmed nor denied responsibility for the attack on the Syrian base. While the global officials were trying to confirm the chemical attack that took place on Saturday, Trump was seen slamming Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Yevtushenko said that after Douma has been retaken by the government, Russian Federation is ready to immediately send its own chemical weapons experts in to "collect data that will confirm the fabricated character" of the allegations.

The attacks come during an uneasy time in Syria, and also as President Trump carefully navigates exactly what to do in the country, where there are approximately 2,000 USA troops now stationed. Gen. Yuri Yevtushenko said the reports of a chemical attack were "fabricated".

One video shared by activists showed bodies of about a dozen children, women and men, some with foam at the mouth.

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres's spokesperson Stephane Dujarric told reporters: "While the United Nations is not in a position to verify these reports, the secretary-general notes that any use of chemical weapons if confirmed, is abhorrent, and requires a thorough investigation".

The Russian military said on Monday that two Israeli war planes carried out strikes on Syrian regime air base from Lebanese air space with eight missiles after US and France denied responsibilty for the attack. The gas attack was blamed on Assad.

A Syrian war-monitoring group says 14 people, including Iranians, were killed in a missile attack early in the morning on an air base in central Syria. It said the other three landed in the western part of the T4 base.

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