Eli Ridder | The Avro Post
Several people are dead or injured after a Syrian military airport came under missile attack near the western city of Homs in the early hours of Monday local time, according to state news media.
Reports said the Syrian air defense forces are responding but there has been no verification of who attacked the airbase, and a United States official told Reuters news agency that Washington was not behind the attacks.
The U.S. last year struck a Syrian airbase after reports emerged it had carried out a chemical weapons attack against rebel forces, harming many civilians.
U.S. President Donald Trump was highly critical of Syrian President Basher al-Assad and allies Russia and Iran on Sunday morning, calling Mr. al-Assad an “animal”.
“Several missiles hit the Tayfur airport,” state news agency SANA reported.
The strikes come a day after an alleged chemical attack in the Douma, one of the last remaining zones under rebel control in Eastern Ghouta, to which the United States, France and other Western countries accused the Syrian government of carrying out.
At least 42 were killed, according to Syria’s White Helmets rescue workers, and a stream of patients with burning eyes and breathing problems were rushed to clinics, according to monitors and groups.
Despite international condemnation for just the latest mass killing in a seven-year civil war, Assad’s allies in Moscow and Tehran dismissed allegations of a chemical attack as “bogus”.
More details to follow. Image of the Syrian flag from Wikimedia Commons.