Senior officials from the United States confirmed that Israel informed Washington before it carried out airstrikes on Syria’s Tiyas airbase overnight.
NBC reported that two US officials confirmed that Israel informed the the White House of the “forthcoming strikes in advance”. The confirmation follows mixed reports globally claiming the United States carried out the airstrikes.
Israel’s Defense Ministry, Foreign Ministry and the IDF have not commented on the events.
Meanwhile, Russia’s Defense Ministry took to informing the media on details of the Israel Air Force strikes. Addressing the events on Monday, it claimed that 2 Israeli jets carried out the strikes from Lebanese airspace, stating “On April 9… two Israeli Air Force F-15 jets carried out an airstrike by two guided missiles on the T-4 airfield [Tiyas] from the Lebanese territory and without entering Syria’s airspace.” It also claimed that 3 of 8 missiles fired hit the target in the “western part of the airfield”, and that the other 5 were destroyed by Syrian air defense systems.
A spokesman for President Putin referred to Israel’s strikes as a “dangerous development”, calling on Israel to provide it with details on the attack. He stated “This is a very dangerous development. I hope at least that the US military and those of the countries participating in the coalition led by the United States understand that.”
Just a few hours later, Russia’s Foreign Ministry accused Israel of “indiscriminate and unacceptable” treatment of the Palestinians in Gaza. Russia, which has not commented on tension from the Gaza Strip over the past two weeks until now, was referring to false media reports of disproportionate response from the IDF to Palestinian riots and demonstrations on the border.
The Lebanese army reported that 4 Israelis jets entered its airspace for 10 minutes without providing details.
Israel carried out airstrikes on the T-4 airbase near Homs in Syria overnight Monday. The helicopter that carried out the chemical attack in Ghouta took off from the T-4 base on Saturday, carrying out an attack that killed dozen. The base was previously attacked by Israel in February of this year.
The United Nations Security Council is set to convene on Monday to discuss the chemical attacks. The meeting was called by both Russia and the United States.
Russia denies Assad’s regime carried out the attack, its Foreign Ministry claiming “The spread of bogus stories about the use of chlorine and other poisonous substances by the Syrian government forces continues… The aim of such deceitful speculation, lacking any kind of grounding, is to shield terrorists… and to attempt to justify possible external uses of force.”
The United States reiterated that it holds Russia responsible, the US State Department stating following the attacks “Russia ultimately bears responsibility for the brutal targeting of countless Syrians with chemical weapons. Russia’s protection of the Assad regime and failure to stop the use of chemical weapons in Syria calls into question its commitment to resolving the overall crisis. The United States calls on Russia to end this unmitigated support and work with the international community to prevent further barbaric chemical weapons attacks.”
Be sure to watch Amir’s update from Monday morning, April 9, 2018.
This article originally appeared on Behold Israel, April 9, 2018, and reposted with permission.