Israel blamed for missile strike; 14 reported killed
10 April, 2018, 20:15 | Author: Diane Mills
Nebenzia also said that investigators with the global chemical weapons watchdog should fly to Syria as early as Tuesday to look into accusations about the attack, offering them protection from Syrian authorities and Russian troops.
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.
The US Pentagon said it was not conducting air strikes in Syria "at this time", formally denying the Syrian state television report.
The state broadcaster earlier said explosions were heard at the T-4 airfield near Homs, which is close to the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria.
Rami Abdurrahman, who leads the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said most of those killed were either Iranians or members of Iran-backed groups.
Syria's government and its ally Iran have accused Israel of carrying out the attack on the Tiyas, or T-4, air base near Homs - something that Israel has not confirmed or denied.
The Israeli government had no immediate comment.
The attack was carried out before daybreak Monday and was initially thought to be carried out by the United States, which has recently threatened retaliation against the Syrian army over allegations made by the rebels about the use of chlorine gas in a recent attack on the Douma district, the last rebel-held area in Eastern Ghouta.
SANA reported that the missile attack on the T4 military air base in Homs province resulted in a number of casualties.
The Syrian opposition blamed the suspected chemical attack on Saturday in the town of Douma on government forces.
Nebenzia alleged that the anti-government forces had chemical weapons and could stage an attack. President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad.
Guterres's speical envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, told the Council via a video link from Geneva that the terrorist group Jaish al-Islam that was in control of Douma had asked for United Nations intervention, but the Syrian government did not respond to it.
Housing Minister Yoav Galant, while also not confirming that Israel had carried out the attack, said: "We have clear interests in Syria".
"The numbers keep rising as relief workers struggle to gain access to the subterranean areas where gas has entered and hundreds of families had sought refuge", the group said.
One video shared by activists showed bodies of about a dozen children, women and men, some with foam at the mouth.
The U.N. Security Council planned to hold an emergency meeting Monday to discuss the chemical attack.
United Nations war crimes investigators had previously documented 33 chemical attacks in Syria, attributing 27 to the Assad government, which has repeatedly denied using the weapons.
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