Syria conflict: Strikes hit Syrian airfield, state media report

A number of folks have died or have been injured after a army airport in Syria got here underneath missile assault, the nation’s state media reported.

A number of missiles struck the Tiyas airbase, often known as T4, close to town of Homs within the early hours of Monday, state information company Sana mentioned.

Particulars are nonetheless rising and it isn’t clear who’s accountable.

It follows worldwide alarm over a suspected chemical assault on the rebel-held city of Douma.

US president Donald Trump branded Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad an “animal” on Sunday, warning that he, together with allies Iran and Russia, had a “massive value to pay”.

Mr Trump and France’s President Emmanuel Macron issued a joint assertion the identical day vowing to “coordinate a powerful, joint response” to the alleged assault.

However US officers have denied launching a missile assault.

“At the moment, the Division of Protection will not be conducting air strikes in Syria,” the Pentagon mentioned in an announcement.

“Nonetheless, we proceed to intently watch the scenario and assist the continuing diplomatic efforts to carry those that use chemical weapons, in Syria and in any other case, accountable.”

Syria’s state information company initially referred to as the reported missile strike on the Tiyas airfield a “suspected US assault,” however later dropped the reference to the US.

In April 2017, the US fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Syria’s Shayrat military airfield in response to a chemical weapons assault on a distinct rebel-held city, Khan Sheikhoun.

Israel also carried out major strikes on Syrian targets earlier this year. The Israeli army has not but commented on the Tayfur assault.

What occurred in Douma?

Medical sources say dozens of individuals have been killed on Saturday within the assault on Douma, within the Japanese Ghouta area.

One video, recorded by rescue staff generally known as the White Helmets, reveals a lot of males, ladies and youngsters mendacity lifeless inside a home, many with foam at their mouths.

Nonetheless, it has not been attainable to confirm independently what truly occurred, or the precise variety of useless.

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The UN Safety Council is anticipated to debate the disaster on Monday.

Each Syria and Russia deny a chemical assault passed off, and have reached an evacuation take care of the Jaish al-Islam rebels who maintain Douma.

Moscow mentioned army operations there had been halted. Beneath the deal, 100 buses are mentioned to be shifting eight,000 fighters and 40,000 of their family out of the battered city. Hostages who had been held by the rebels are being let loose.

The event means pro-government forces have now taken full management of Japanese Ghouta.

Analysts say that is President Assad’s largest army success for the reason that fall of Aleppo in 2016. It follows a weeks-long authorities offensive wherein greater than 1,600 folks have been killed.

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