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US denies Syria state TV claims of striking airbase following gas attack

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US denied Monday reports circulated by Syrian state TV that its forces attacked a Syrian air base hours after President Donald Trump vowed Dictator Bashar Assad would pay a “big price” over the gas attack on Douma that killed dozens.


In a statement cited by Reuters,  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.”


Syrian state TV claimed the suspected US strike on the T-4 airfield near Homs, close to the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria, left casualties. 


A Syrian military source was quoted as saying air defenses shot down eight missiles fired at the base.


The chemical attack on Douma killed more than 70, mostly women and children. More than 500 received medical aid due to the attacks, according to aid groups. 


US President Donald Trump held Assad and his allied Russia and Iran accountable for the attack. 

Last Modified: Monday، 09 April 2018 10:24 AM