The Russian and Syrian military on Monday said Israeli war planes carried out missile strikes on a Syrian air base, killing fourteen, hours after U.S. President Donald Trump warned of a “big price to pay” following reports of a poison gas attack on a rebel-held town.
The incident comes amid international alarm over an alleged chemical attack on a Syrian rebel-held town. The US and France had threatened to respond.
100 buses are said to be moving 8,000 terrorists and 40,000 of their relatives out of the battered town.
Israel rarely acknowledges carrying out strikes, but has admitted attacking targets in Syria dozens of times since 2012.
The United States denied attacking the Syrian base, and France also said its forces had not carried it out.
In a statement the Pentagon said: “At this time, the Department of Defense is not conducting air strikes in Syria. “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.”
“Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria. Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it completely inaccessible to outside world. President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad. Big price to pay,” Trump wrote on Twitter, after the alleged chemical attacks blamed on the Assad government.
In April 2017, the US fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Syria’s Shayrat military airfield.