Airstrike Attributed to Israel Targeted Iranian Airbase in Syria

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The Syrian state news agency also said that the missiles were fired by Israel from Lebanese airspace. A war-monitoring group said the airstrikes killed 14 people, including Iranians active in Syria.

"With the Syrian army having the upper hand on the ground against the armed terrorists, it would not be rational for it to use chemical weapons", the statement said.

Velayati, in turn, reaffirmed that the Islamic Republic of Iran will continue to support Syria and its people in their struggle against terrorism, and will further strengthen their strategic relations. He added that it also hit posts outside the base used by the Iranians and Iran-backed fighters.

Russia, Iran and Syria have accused of mounting the attack, Israel, however Israel has neither confirmed nor denied participation.

Hours after the attack, the Army of Islam rebel group agreed to surrender the town and evacuate their fighters to rebel-held northern Syria, Syrian state media reported.

Israel's foreign ministry had no comment when asked about the accusations. "Force a military showdown then call Trump to a summit to decrease tensions".

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In recent months, Israeli officials have been gravely concerned by Iran's efforts to build permanent military bases inside Syria.

"The timing of the strike isn't coincidental", he said. "Israel mitigates the risk of an Iranian response", he said.

Mr Trump had earlier taken to Twitter to issue a warning to Syrian and its allies.

Senior Israeli defense officials expressed serious concerns over the implications of last week's summit in Ankara at which the leaders of Iran, Russia and Turkey discussed the aftermath of the Syrian civil war and how the spoils would be divided once the hostilities conclude. The area has witnessed deadly violence over the past few months, with foreign-sponsored terrorists launching mortar attacks on the Syrian capital in the face of an imminent defeat.

The Eastern Ghouta area has been under rebel control for the past six years and completely surrounded by the government for almost five years, making it impossible to independently verify the accounts of a chemical attack.

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