(FNA) — Well-informed sources in Northern Syrian reported that
the Syrian Army troops have opened heavy fire at an American
reconnaissance plane in Northern Hasaka, forcing the US plane to
leave the country’s airspace.
sources said that the intense fire of the special forces forced an
American reconnaissance plane to leave the region after approaching
the army troops’ positions in Qamishli border city.
a military source confirmed the report, stressing that the US
reconnaissance aircraft was flying over the Syrian Army Base in
Qamishli and distanced itself from the region after it came under
officials confirmed on Friday that several civilians were killed and
several more were wounded in the US raid on a Syrian airfield in Homs
of Homs province Talal Barazi told reporters that the US strike on a
Syrian airfield led to civilian casualties in a village near the
base, as well as the airbase itself, adding at least five people were
killed and seven wounded.
civilians and three military personnel were killed in the strike, AP
reported, citing the governor.
American missile attack on Syria won’t topple its government or
change the policies of Damascus, he said after a barrage of 59
Tomahawk cruise missiles targeted a Syrian airfield.
Syrian leadership and Syrian policy will not change,” Barazi said
in a phone interview with Syrian state television. “This targeting
was not the first and I don’t believe it will be the last.”
added that Shayrat airbase would be rebuilt and would continue to
play a role in fighting terrorists.
told Reuters that firefighting and rescue operations were under way
at the Shayrat airfield after the US attack, but he believed that
there were not many casualties on the ground.
said Washington’s escalation of the conflict in Syria only served
terrorist groups such as ISIL.
governor said that the base played a significant role in the recent
capture of the city of Palmyra from ISIL.
Syrian state TV called the attack “American aggression”.
Friday, US warships in the Eastern Mediterranean fired 59 Tomahawk
missiles at the Syrian airfield, with Pentagon claiming that it was
used in a chemical weapons attack against a rebel-held town in Idlib
province on Tuesday.
retaliation came before the UN or the OPCW, the chemical weapons
watchdog, could investigate the incident. Washington sided with the
rebel-linked activists, which accused Damascus of killing civilians
with toxic gas.
Russian Foreign Ministry reminded US on Thursday that all chemical
weapons were taken out of Syria in mid-2014 with Washington’s
ministry said that Russia considers US Vice President Mike Pence’s
statements claiming that Moscow and Damascus allegedly did not
fulfill obligations to destroy Syrian nuclear arsenal to be
groundless, Sputnik reported.
had no grounds to say that the 2013 deal on the Syrian chemical
weapons’ destruction failed.
ministry said that Russia-US cooperation on the issue was overall and
said that it was premature to accuse the Syrian government of using
chemical weapons in Idlib, adding that Russia insists on conducting a
full-fledged probe into the issue.
2013, the Syrian authorities agreed to transfer its stockpiled
chemical weapons to international control for their subsequent
destruction, so as to prevent them from falling into the hands of
militants operating in the country.
opposition claimed Tuesday forces loyal to President Bashar Assad had
used a chemical gas on people in the Northwestern province, killing
nearly 80 and injuring 200. Assad argued his government had no
chemical weapons after agreeing to have them destroyed in 2013. He
also ruled out having used chemicals against own people.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said earlier in the day
that the US-UK-France-backed draft resolution on the chemical weapons
in Syria was based on fake reports mostly from the White Helmets and
the SOHR “which cannot be called reliable.”
Russian Defense Ministry said early Wednesday the airstrike near Khan
Sheikhoun was carried out by Syrian aircraft, which struck a
terrorist warehouse that stored chemical weapons slated for delivery