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Syrian regime used toxic gas against rebels after U.S. strike: monitor

Local | 2017-04-09 19:00:00
Syrian regime used toxic gas against rebels after U.S. strike: monitor
 (Zaman Al Wasl)- Syrian regime forces bombed north eastern Damascus district with two toxic gas bombs last Friday, hours after U.S. cruise missile strikes on Shayrat airfield in central Syria, monitor group said Sunday.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights said two rebel fighters in Qaboun district were affected in the suspected Chlorine gas attack who suffered severe breathing difficulties.



Syrian air force moves warplanes to civil airports: source


A joint command center made up of the forces of Russia, Iran and militias supporting Bashar al Assad said the U.S. strike on Shayrat air base on Friday crossed "red lines" and it would respond to any new aggression and increase its support for its ally.

The United States fired 59 cruise missiles at the air base on Friday from which it said a deadly chemical weapons attack had been launched last Tuesday and killed at least 103 people in Khan Sheikhoun town in Idlib province.

U.S. Navy Admiral Michelle Howard said the strikes had destroyed the means to deliver chemical weapons from that base, and the U.S. military remained ready to carry out further strikes if needed, Reuters reported.

Donald Trump's administration told Moscow and Damascus of its 'disciplinary act' three hours before the strike where Russian experts and pilots took off with their helicopters and warplanes from Shayrat to Hmeimym airbase in Latakia province.


US strikes destroyed Syrian means to deliver chemical weapons


Meanwhile, Syrian air force is moving its warplanes to the Russian-controlled Hmeimym airbase in Latakia province and to the civil airports over fears of new U.S. air strikes, military source told Zaman al-Wasl.

The International airports of Damascus, Qamishli and Aleppo to be a substitute of military airports, source added.

Friday's strikes have left small damage, source added. The runway has been left undamaged and the destroyed six MiG-23 fighter jets were under repairs.

Even more, two Su-22 warplanes took off from Shayrat air base on Friday hours after it was struck by 59 U.S. Tomahawk cruise missiles and bombed targets nearby, activists said.

Syrian rebels said the Su-22 warplanes had landed later in Dumeir airport, 46 km (30 miles) east of Damascus.


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