Syria, Russia blame Israel for missile strike

Syria, Russia blame Israel for missile strike
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Syria and Russia have said Israel is the source of a Monday morning missile strike launched on a Syrian air base that following a reported chemical attack in Syria over the weekend, according to reports.

The Syrian Arab News Agency, Syria’s state media outlet, said Israel launched the strike using F-15 jets from Lebanese airspace to hit an airbase close to Homs, Syria. Several people were killed and multiple others injured in the attack, according to the outlet.

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The foreign ministry of Israel did not have a comment on the strike when questioned by The Associated Press. 

The missile strike follows a suspected chemical attack over the weekend in the Syrian city of Douma, a rebel-held town in the southwestern part of the country. Both the Syrian and Russian governments have denied involvement in the attack.

But President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senator introduces bill to hold online platforms liable for political bias Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally MORE on Sunday in a tweet implicated Russian President Vladimir Putin for backing embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad, who has received political and military support from Moscow throughout the civil war.

“Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria,” Trump wrote on Twitter. 

“Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it completely inaccessible to outside world. President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad.”

Lawmakers on Sunday pressed Trump for action in response to the attack, which came shortly after the president’s indication that the U.S. would soon draw down troops in Syria.