Israel air strike against Syria will not go unanswered: Iran's Velayati

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In the denial of U.S. involvement in Monday's attack, Pentagon spokesperson Christopher Sherwood said in a statement, "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".

The foreign minister's special assistant for political affairs, Hossein Jaberi Ansari, said Iran opposes employing chemical weapons by any party which is totally unacceptable.

Russia's Defence Ministry said two Israeli aircraft targeted the T4 air base in Homs province, firing eight missiles. The Syrian state news service initially blamed the USA for the attack, but it later retracted the charge.

Israel did not acknowledge carrying out the strike.

The Jewish state has carried out attacks in Syria, alleging that its longtime enemy Iran is building military bases there.

Russian Federation denied any involvement in the attack. Maj. It says they had been held by the Army of Islam group since 2013.

Ahmet Uzumcu, who heads the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, said more evidence was being gathered "to establish whether chemical weapons were used".

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Sanaa: Yemeni tribal officials say a Saudi-led coalition airstrike has killed at least 15 people, including children, in the southwestern city of Taiz. In his view "without a solid military stronghold in Syria, America's ability to counter the Terrible Trio's sinister ambitions would be put at severe risk". The U.S. threatened military action but later backed down.

"The Zionist regime and the United States have in different stages rushed to the scene to boost the morale of terrorists", he said, according to Iran's Press TV.

"The timing of the strike isn't coincidental", he said. It said the attack left people dead and wounded.

"By striking [Syrian President Bashar al-Assad] and his Iranian allies just a day after Trump warned them of the price they would pay".

The Eastern Ghouta area has been under rebel control for the past six years and completely surrounded by the government for almost five years, making it impossible to independently verify the accounts of a chemical attack.

"The allegations from Tehran and Moscow that Israel carried out the aerial bombing and caused serious damage to the Iranian target raises the likelihood of a deterioration in the military situation between Iran and Israel", assessed Shapira, who served as military secretary to Netanyahu during his first term.

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