Donald Trump Warns Syria, Russia And Iran Against Idlib "Tragedy"

A general view taken with a drone shows part of the rebel-held Idlib city

Syria has denied reports that a series of blasts at a military airport near Damascus on Sunday were from Israeli air strikes, state media say.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said the explosions came from inside the Mezzeh air base and said they were likely caused by an Israeli missile strike.

For nearly an hour you could hear more than a thousand explosions, resulting in the complete destruction of the warehouse and around 70 fatalities. The Observatory, which relies on various sources inside Syria, said some of the wounded are in critical condition.

President Bashar al-Assad of Syria must not recklessly attack Idlib Province.

In January a year ago, Syrian state media quoted the army as saying that several rockets had landed at the Mezzeh airport compound, accusing Israel of bombarding the area.

An Israeli military spokeswoman declined to comment on Sunday.

The Mazzeh airbase houses Syrian Air Force intelligence, and in early 2017 the Syrian government accused its neighbour Israel of bombing the base.

Syria's foreign ministry and Iran's state-run IRNA news agency said Mohammad Javad Zarif was received by Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad upon his arrival in Damascus, and was to meet later with Syrian President Bashar Assad.

According to a CNN report late last week, the us has put together an initial list of Syrian chemical weapons facilities that could be targeted with airstrikes if Syria were to launch a new chemical weapon attack.

Earlier this week, Israel reiterated its threat to hit Iranian military targets in Syria.

"The IDF [Israeli Defence Forces] will continue to take strong and determined action against Iran's attempts to station forces and advanced weapons systems in Syria", Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

France also said there could be "disastrous consequences" if Syrian forces and their allies launch an assault on the Idlib province in northwestern Syria, the last major enclave held by rebels fighting the Iran and Russia-backed Assad regime.

Tehran has provided steady political, financial, and military support to the government during this period.



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