Published: Tue, April 10, 2018

US, Israel discussed Syria attack ahead of airstrike

US, Israel discussed Syria attack ahead of airstrike

Speaking with NBC News, two United States officials confirmed Monday afternoon that the Israeli Air Force was behind the pre-dawn airstrike, which targeted the Syrian military's T-4 airbase in central Syria.

The U.N. Security Council planned to hold an emergency meeting Monday to discuss the chemical attack.

But Israeli officials said the Tiyas, or T-4, air base was being used by troops from Iran and that Israel would not accept such a presence in Syria by its arch foe.

It lies between Syria's third city Homs and the ancient town of Palmyra.

Rami Abdurrahman, who heads the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, says most of the 14 killed were either Iranians or members of Iran-backed groups.

Bakkar, the opposition activist, said several bombs laced with chemicals landed in Douma Saturday night.

"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.

French armed forces spokesman Colonel Patrik Steiger also denied France carried out the strike, telling the French news agency AFP: "It was not us".

Some Lebanese media outlets said residents living near the north-eastern border with Syria heard jets in the sky in the early morning hours, another sign suggesting that the attack may have been carried out by Israel.

President Donald Trump previously ordered missile strikes after a Syrian chemical attack last April.

Syrian state media are saying that dozens of civilians who had been held for years by a rebel group near the capital of Damascus have been set free.

The Syrian government denied staging Saturday's suspected poison gas assault on Douma.

Russian Federation said Monday it had carried out its own probe and concluded there was no evidence.

Further, President Trump spoke against the chemical attack launched by the Syrian government against civilians and blamed the president of Syria for having powers over Russian Federation and Iran.

Relief workers inside Douma told AFP on Sunday that dead bodies still lay in the streets and hospitals were teeming with dead and wounded.

The attack demonstrated the multi-faceted nature of the Syria conflict, which started in March 2011 as an uprising against Assad and now involves several countries and various insurgent groups in a web of alliances.

The U.N. Security Council will meet twice on Monday following rival requests by Russian Federation and the United States.

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