Russian Federation invites Israel envoy to talk about Syria

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Israeli forces bombed targets in and around Syria's T-4 airbase two months ago, after an Iranian drone controlled from the base entered Israeli airspace.

Syrian news agency SANA reported that eight of the missiles fired by Israel were downed but some got through resulting in what one military source said were "martyrs and wounded".

The slain militia were identified as Ammar Mousavi, Akbar Zavar Jannati and Mehdi Lotfi Naysar. At least 40 people have died in the chemical weapons attack.

A missile strike on an air base in central Syria was carried out by Israeli warplanes in the early hours of Monday morning causing multiple casualties, according to the Syrian and Russian governments, amid fears of renewed regional confrontation.

"Tel Aviv is now more involved in the Syrian developments and would benefit from the worldwide mobilization against (regime chief Bashar) Assad", he said, adding that Israel is keen on stopping the Iranian expansion in the region and on preventing the presence in Syria and Lebanon of Iranian missiles that threaten Israel's national security.

Unconfirmed reports also suggest the presence of Iranian forces at the base.

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"At this time, the Department of Defense is not conducting airstrikes in Syria", the Pentagon said in a statement.

On Monday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Bahram Qassemi condemned the attack, which he called a "violation of Syria's sovereignty and territorial integrity" by Israel.

In his tweets Sunday, Trump called Assad an "animal" and delivered a rare personal criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin for supporting him.

The United Nations Security Council meet and hear remarks from U.N. Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura via video broadcast, Monday April 9, 2018 at U.N. headquarters. The original number of Iranian fatalities in the attack was four. Washington and Paris denied any involvement, and Damascus later blamed Israel. Gen. Yuri Yevtushenko was quoted by Russian news agencies Sunday as saying Russia was prepared to send specialists to Douma to "confirm the fabricated nature" of the reports.

The raid on the T4 airfield in Homs province comes as tensions rise over possible US military action in Syria in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack on a Damascus suburb late Saturday.

A 2013 chemical attack in eastern Ghouta that killed hundreds of people was widely blamed on government forces.