‘AIRSTRIKE on Syria’ – At least ’12 DEAD’ as ‘MILITARY airfield HIT’

'AIRSTRIKE on Syria' – At least '12 DEAD' as 'MILITARY airfield HIT'

State news agency SANA said several missiles struck the Tayfur airbase, also known as T4, near the city of Homs in the early hours of Monday.

AN AIRSTRIKE on Syria’s Tiyas Military Airbase (T4) by “fighter jets and cruise missiles” has been reported and at least 12 people are said to have been killed, according to state media and various sources.

Details are still emerging, and it is not clear who is responsible.

Reports are not confirmed so far, but video has emerged showing an unknown object flying across the sky in Lebanon.

One Twitter user said: “We’re already under attack at this very moment!”

Another said: “USA launches widespread assault on SyAF infrastructure. Warships are now positioning to launch tomahawks in the second wave of attacks.”

At least 12 Syrian troops are said to have been hurt in the attack 30 injured.

'AIRSTRIKE on Syria' – At least '12 DEAD' as 'MILITARY airfield HIT'

It follows international alarm over a suspected chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Douma.

US president Donald Trump branded Syria’s President Assad an “animal” on Sunday, warning that he, along with allies Iran and Russia, had a “big price to pay”.

Mr Trump and France’s President Emmanuel Macron issued a joint statement the same day vowing to “coordinate a strong, joint response” to the alleged attack.

There are also reports that US warships from the Mediterranean are reportedly launching Tomahawk missiles into Syria.

But there are conflicting reports as the Pentagon said there is “no truth” to reports of a US attack.

'AIRSTRIKE on Syria' – At least '12 DEAD' as 'MILITARY airfield HIT'

There is speculation that the attack was carried out by Israeli forces, using a Dolphin Class submarine, according to local sources.

It happened roughly at 3.30am local time (1.30am GMT) on Monday.

But US officials have denied launching a missile attack.

“At this time, the Department of Defense is not conducting air strikes in Syria,” the Pentagon said in a statement.

“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.”

Syria’s state news agency initially called the reported missile strike on the Tayfur airfield a “suspected US attack,” but later dropped the reference to the US.

In April 2017, the US fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Syria’s Shayrat military airfield in response to a chemical weapons attack on a different rebel-held town, Khan Sheikhoun.

What happened in Douma?

Medical sources say dozens of people were killed on Saturday in the attack on Douma, in the Eastern Ghouta region.

One video, recorded by rescue workers known as the White Helmets, shows several men, women and children lying lifeless inside a house, many with foam at their mouths.

However, it has not been possible to verify independently what happened, or the actual number of dead.

Both Syria and Russia deny a chemical attack took place and have reached an evacuation deal with the rebels who hold Douma.

The UN Security Council is expected to discuss the crisis on Monday.

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