BLAME GAME: Russia says Israel was behind Syria airstrike

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Syria in turn accused the United States, then Israel, of attacking an air base in Homs early Monday, with both countries denying involvement in the attack.

The Syrian state broadcaster said there were several dead and wounded in the strike.

U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to take military action against Syria over a suspected chemical-weapons attack on civilians over the weekend, while Russian Federation warned any such action would have "grave repercussions".

According to the source, the Syrian air defense systems shot down eight missiles while repelling the attack. The Israeli planes were met with a barrage of missiles fired by Syria, one of which hit an F-16 jet that had a crew of two.

SANA first said the missile strike on the Tayfur base was a "suspected U.S. attack", but later withdrew all reference to America.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based monitor, said at least 14 people were killed including some fighters of various nationalities, a reference to Iranian-backed Shi'ite militia members, mostly from Iraq, Lebanon and Iran fighting alongside the Syrian army.

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In a series of Sunday morning tweets, President Trump indicated that the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad, as well as its Russian and Iranian allies, was responsible for the attack, and that they would pay a "big price" for using chemical munitions.

However, Pentagon spokesman Christopher Sherwood denied playing part in the strike, confirming in a statement, 'At this time, the Department of Defence is not conducting air strikes in Syria'.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Assad's government and its backers, including Russian Federation, "must be held to account" if it is found to have been responsible for the suspected poison gas attack.

"Without any grounds and without thinking about the consequences, the governments of the USA, the United Kingdom, and France are pursuing a confrontational policy towards Russia and Syria and are pushing the others toward this", Nebenzya was quoted as saying by Russian state-run news agency TASS.

On Sunday, President Trump expressed his disgust at the gas attack, tweeting, 'Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria. While the worldwide officials were trying to confirm the chemical attack that took place on Saturday, Trump was seen slamming Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Israel did not comment on Monday's missile strike.

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According to Ben Eliyahu the base that was hit was the source of the drone that entered Israeli airspace in February.

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The U.S. president later conferred with French President Emmanuel Macron, and they agreed on the need for a "firm response" to the attack, Macron's office said.

Douma is the last remaining opposition-held town in Eastern Ghouta, once the rebels' main bastion outside Damascus but now ravaged by a seven-week regime assault. The European Union also said evidence pointed to the use of chemical weapons by Assad's forces.

Wu Haitao, China's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, addresses a meeting of the UN Security Council on the chemical weapon use in Syria, at the UN headquarters in New York April 9, 2018.

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