Syria tension escalates in wake of raid on airbase

Syria and Russia blamed Israel for early morning air strikes on a Syrian military base as tensions among global powers embroiled in the Syrian civil war escalated.

Yesterday's strikes came two days after dozens of people were killed in a suspected poison gas attack on a Syrian rebel holdout. US President Donald Trump has blamed the attack on the Russian-backed Syrian regime.

Russia's military said two Israeli F-15 warplanes had launched the air strikes. A conflict monitoring group said 14 people, including fighters from Iran, were killed.

Israel did not confirm nor deny mounting the raid.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 10, 2018, with the headline 'Syria tension escalates in wake of raid on airbase'. Print Edition | Subscribe