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Russian Ministry: 2 Israeli Warplanes Attacked Syrian Airbase

  • Syrian government media said anti-aircraft defense shot down eight missiles during attack on T-4 airbase.

    Syrian government media said anti-aircraft defense shot down eight missiles during attack on T-4 airbase. | Photo: Google Maps

Published 9 April 2018

Unconfirmed reports say that 12 people died in the assault.

According to SANA, an air strike on a Syrian military base has claimed the lives of several people and left many others injured. The Russian Defense Ministry told Sputnik that two Israeli warplanes attacked the airbase in the Homs.

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Syrian government agency SANA confirmed that the Tiyas airbase (T-4) in Homs was the target of an attack. Multiple explosions were heard in the region after an aircraft entered from Lebanon, an RT report stated. 

"On April 9, from 03:25 to 03:53 Moscow time, two Israeli Air Force F-15 jets, carried out an airstrike by two guided missiles on the T-4 airfield from the Lebanese territory and without entering Syria's airspace," Russian Defense Ministry said.

Unofficial reports say that 16 people died in the assault.

“An aggression was perpetrated on the T-4 airbase in several strikes that is most likely to be an American attack,” Syria's state agency initially said. 

CNN cited an official who said the U.S. Pentagon outright denied the claim, stating Washington was not conducting airstrikes in Syria “at this time. However, we continue to closely watch the situation and support the ongoing diplomatic efforts to hold those who use chemical weapons, in Syria and otherwise, accountable," the Pentagon said in a statement.

SANA later said that the Syrian air defense had responded to an assault by Israeli forces.

The Syrian government media disclosed that anti-aircraft defense shot down eight missiles, reporting that there were multiple casualties in the missile attack on the Tiyas airbase. Meanwhile, an Israeli spokesperson, who was asked about the air strike, declined to comment on the incident.

The United States and Israel have, in the past, struck Syrian army locations, hitting convoys and bases.

U.S. President Donald Trump said earlier on Sunday there would be a "big price to pay" after medical aid groups reported dozens of civilians, including many children and women, were killed by poison gas in a besieged rebel-held town.

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