Russia slams French report on Syria attack

Saturday, April 29, 2017|8:25 p.m.

BEIRUT– The current on Syria (all times regional):

10:35 p.m.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry is criticizing a French report that lays blame on the Syrian government for a chemical attack on a town in northern Syria in early April that eliminated practically 90 individuals.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has stated that chemical analysis of samples drawn from the April 4 sarin gas attack on Khan Sheihoun “bears the signature” of President Bashar Assad’s government and shows it was accountable.

The Russian ministry stated in a declaration on Thursday that such a conclusion is “incomprehensible” due to the fact that, it said, Syria had had just precursors of sarin rather than the gas itself which the precursors were secured of Syria in 2014.

The declaration states that “in other words, there are lots of obvious inconsistencies that indicate the quality of the investigation.”

Previously in the day, the Syrian federal government also condemned Ayrault’s declaration from Wednesday as “lies and produced allegations.”

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9:30 p.m.

. An Israeli defense official states the armed force’s Patriot missile that was released previously at night over the Golan Heights had actually struck an inbound drone from Syria.

The authorities states the military is checking to see if it was a Russian airplane that had actually entered the Israeli side on Thursday by mistake or if it was a Syrian one.

He spoke on condition of anonymity in line with guidelines.

The incident comes after Syria accused Israel of striking a military setup near Damascus airport, setting off a series of pre-dawn surges.

— Ian Deitch in Jerusalem;

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8:20 p.m.

Israel’s military says it deployed its Patriot missile defense system to obstruct a projectile inbound from Syria above the Golan Heights.

The military did not elaborate on what it described as a “target” in its message on Thursday night.

Israeli media meanwhile are saying the military knocked out a drone that had infiltrated from Syria.

The incident comes after Syria implicated Israel of striking a military setup near Damascus International Airport triggering a series of pre-dawn surges.

Israel’s intelligence minister Yisrael Katz would not talk about the strike however said “it absolutely matches our stated policy, a policy that we likewise carry out.”

Israel has repeatedly warned versus “game-changing” weapons reaching Hezbollah in Lebanon from Syria which together with Iran supports the militant group.

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5 p.m.

Russia has actually knocked exactly what it called “aggressiveness” versus Syria in the wake of an apparent Israeli missile attack on a Syrian military setup near Damascus International Airport.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova did not directly blame Israel for the Thursday morning surge, but cited Syrian media as stating Israel was responsible.

She states “Moscow condemns acts of aggressiveness against Syria” and gets in touch with everyone to “act within the structure of appreciating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria.”

Israel appears to be striking at military convoys and setups in Syria at an accelerating speed, keeping it deserves to avoid the transfer of weapons to Hezbollah, a Lebanese militant group that battles together with Syrian federal government forces.

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2:15 p.m.

Syrian activists state airstrikes across the opposition-held Idlib province have actually eliminated a minimum of 19 people, with some targeting ambulances and medical centers.

The Civil Defense, a search-and-rescue organization, says four medical personnel were killed in an attack on a university hospital in Deir Sharqi, and another 4 paramedics or ambulance operators were eliminated in a strike on an ambulance services charity in Maarzita.

The activist-run Idlib Media Center said another 4 individuals were eliminated by barrel bombs dropped on the town of Khan Sheikhoun, the site of a chemical attack previously this month.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 19 civilians, including nine kids, were killed around the northern province on Thursday. The Civil Defense reported the same general death toll.

The activists think Russia or the Syrian federal government launched the raids. The United States is also understood to strike at positions in Idlib province, where it targets al-Qaida-affiliated fighters.

Numerous thousands of Syrians displaced by the war have looked for refuge in the rural province, which is now mostly under the control of hard-line rebel groups. It borders Turkey to the north.

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1:50 p.m.

Syria’s government has actually condemned what it says are “lies and made accusations” by the French foreign minister worrying a fatal chemical weapons attack in Syria earlier this month.

Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said that the chemical analysis of samples taken from the April 4 sarin gas attack “bears the signature” of President Bashar Assad’s government and shows it was accountable.

In a statement provided Thursday, the Syrian foreign ministry stated Ayrault’s remarks reveal “France’s involvement in masterminding this criminal activity.”

It likewise stated France was not matched and had no legal authority to identify what took place in Khan Sheikhoun, the rebel-held town where the incident occurred.

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12:15 p.m.

Britain’s foreign secretary states Britain might sign up with the United States in further military action against Syria if asked to do so.

Boris Johnson said Thursday it would be “very challenging to state no” if the U.S. looks for British help on a military mission against the program of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

He did not define whether Parliament would be asked to authorize any military action ahead of time. He said that decision would depend on the government and Prime Minister Theresa Might.

President Donald Trump purchased a cruise rocket attack against a Syrian air base earlier this month in reaction to Assad’s evident usage of chemical weapons versus Syrians.

U.S. officials have actually said further attacks are most likely if Assad utilizes banned chemical weapons again

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11:45 a.m.

Syria’s state media is reporting that Israel has attacked a military installation near the Damascus International Airport.

SANA says Israel fired several rockets from inside the occupied Golan Heights south of the capital at a military installation near the capital’s primary airport, setting off numerous surges and triggering damage.

There were no instant reports of casualties.

Homeowners reported feeling the blasts shortly before 4 a.m.

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10:25 a.m.

Israel’s intelligence minister states a big explosion near the Damascus airport is in line with Israeli policy however stopped short of taking responsibility for it.

Yisrael Katz wouldn’t comment straight on the strike Thursday early morning however stated “it definitely matches our declared policy, a policy that we also carry out.”

Israel has actually repeatedly warned versus “game-changing” weapons reaching Hezbollah from Syria, which together with Iran supports the militant group. Hezbollah fired more than 4,000 rockets on Israel in the 2006 war.

The surge was heard throughout the Syrian capital, jolting homeowners awake, the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Rami Abdurrahman stated.

Israel has actually been largely untouched by the Syrian civil war. It has actually also performed a variety of airstrikes on believed weapon convoys it thought were predestined for Hezbollah.

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7 a.m.

Syrian opposition activists and a screen state a large explosion has actually rocked the Syrian capital, followed by a fire near Damascus airport.

The head of the Syrian Observatory for Person Rights Rami Abdurrahman says the explosion early Thursday has been heard across the capital, jolting residents awake. He states the surge is reported to have happened near the Damascus airport road.

The dawn explosion has actually also been reported by other activists’ networks but the source was unclear.

Activist-operated Journal of a Mortar, which reports from Damascus, says the explosion near the airport roadway was followed by flames increasing above the location. A pro-government site Damascus Now states the explosion was near the city’s Seventh Bridge, which leads to the airport roadway.

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