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Syria, Russia accuse Israel over strike on Syrian air base

Syria, Russia accuse Israel over strike on Syrian air base

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

Seyyed Amar Mousavi, Mehdi Lotfi Niasar, Akbar Zavar Jannati and Mehdi Dehqan were killed in the airstrike on the air base in Syria's central province of Homs, Fars said.

Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron "agreed to exchange information on the nature of the attacks and coordinate a strong, joint response", the White House said in statement on their phone call.

Syria initially said the West was involved.

"Israel is still on the list" of enemies, but has "dropped to number 10", he said in the interview, which aired on Orient TV on March 18.

The United States plans to call for a U.N. Security Council vote on Tuesday on a proposal for a new inquiry into responsibility for the use of chemical weapons in Syria, diplomats said.

US President Donald Trump said there would be a "big price to pay" after the chemical attack in Douma, in the Eastern Ghouta region, near the capital, Damascus.

"Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria", tweeted Trump.

Doctors at the hospital told journalists via WhatsApp that as well as spasms and secretions from the mouth and nose, they had also treated patients with miosis, or constriction of the pupil, all of which are symptoms consistent with exposure to nerve agents.

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. Open area immediately for medical help and verification.

In February, Israel confirmed it had carried out a raid over Syria, in a rare admission of action.

The pilots of the downed jet were able to parachute to safety before the craft crashed in northern Israel, Bar said.

In November, Russia used its veto power at the council to block the renewal of a previous UN-led probe that found the Syrian air force had dropped sarin on the town of Khan Sheikhun in April past year. The vast majority aren't officially claimed by the Israeli military.

On Sunday, an operation was launched to evacuate militants from the Jaysh al-Islam group, their families and civilians held hostage by them from the city of Douma (a Damascus suburb).

But France's Permanent Representative Francois Delattre countered that only the Syrian government and its allies had the capability to develop the chemical and said that there was no doubt about who carried out the attacks. He also accused former president Barack Obama of being under the influence of the Syrian president.

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 Secretary-General is particularly alarmed by allegations that chemical weapons have been used against civilian populations in Douma", a spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a statement.


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