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Strikes hit Syrian airfield, state media report

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Several people have died or were hurt after a Syrian military airport was hit by missiles, state media said, amid international alarm over a suspected chemical attack on a rebel-held town.
Several missiles struck the Tiyas airbase, known as T4, near the city of Homs in the early hours of Monday.
Syria claimed Western involvement, but the US has denied responsibility. US President Donald Trump said there would be a “big price to pay” after the chemical attack.
Meanwhile the last rebel fighters in Douma have surrendered and are being bussed out of the enclave after reaching a deal with the government.
Mr Trump and France’s President Emmanuel Macron issued a joint statement on Sunday vowing to “coordinate a strong, joint response” to the alleged attack.
But US officials said it did not launch a missile attack. “At this time, the Department of Defense is not conducting air strikes in Syria,” the Pentagon said in a statement.
“However, we continue to closely watch the situation and support the ongoing diplomatic efforts to hold those who use chemical weapons, in Syria and otherwise, accountable.”
Syria’s state news agency Sana initially called the reported missile strike on the Tiyas airfield a “suspected US attack,” but later dropped the reference to the US. In April 2017, the US fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Syria’s Shayrat military airfield in response to a chemical weapons attack on a different rebel-held town, Khan Sheikhoun.
Israel also carried out major strikes on Syrian targets earlier this year. The Israeli military has not yet commented on the Tiyas attack.



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