Eli Ridder | The Avro Post
Russia said on Monday that no evidence has been found of a chemical weapons attack in Douma, which just days ago was a rebel-held enclave before being struck by the alleged strikes, which the United States and France have highly condemned.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russian specialists and aid workers had visited the area and found nothing, as rebel fighters started leaving the town under a surrender deal.
Although specifics have not been finalized regarding those killed in Saturday’s alleged chemical attack, numbers over 40 have been cited by medical and monitor reports, and an unknown country appeared to retaliate on Monday morning.
While Russia and Syria deny the attack, the U.S. and France have vowed a “joint, strong response” to the suspected strikes after President Donald Trump and counterpart Emmanuel Macron had a phone call on Sunday.
The United Nations Security Council is set to meet over the purported incident in the city of New York later on Monday.
Several people were killed 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.
Syria initially blamed the U.S., but then said Israel fired the weapons from warplanes flying over neighbouring Lebanon, with Moscow backing that assertion.
Reports said the Syrian air defense forces responded but there has been no verification of who attacked the airbase.
The U.S., United Kingdom and France have all denied involvement.
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”.
Israel and Russia have previously worked together against militant groups in Syria and coordinated airstrikes.
Israel has previously struck near the airbase in the past in an attempt to hit a specific target, but Monday’s strikes were stronger, according to reports.
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