Syria Strikes: Site of Chemical Attack Hit Again
Albanian Daily News
Published April 8, 2017

New airstrikes have targeted a town in northwest Syria that was hit by a deadly chemical attack earlier this week, activists said.

It wasn't immediately clear who conducted the strikes on Khan Sheikhoun, which was hit onFriday and Saturday, though only Russian and Syrian regime aircraft have been bombing that area of rebel-held Idlib province.

The latest attacks follow a strike early Friday by the United States on a Syrian airbase. The US blames Syria for Tuesday's chemical attack, which left more than 85 people dead and hundreds more injured.

The new strikes came as Russia, the Syrian regime's main ally, sent a frigate armed with cruise missiles to a Syrian port in an apparent show of force in response to the US strike.

At least one woman was killed and three other people injured in Saturday's strikes in Khan Sheikhoun, two activists in the town said. The strike that killed the woman happened in a residential neighborhood, activist Alaa Al-Youssef told CNN.

It wasn't clear where the strikes were launched from, but the Syrian air force resumed flight operations at the base that the US had struck Friday,two pro-regime media outlets and an opposition group said Saturday.

A US defense official said Friday's strikes were not intended to damage runways or fully disable the base. Instead, the strikes hit aircraft, fuel storage, weapons dumps and other equipment, aiming to send a message to the Syrian regime that any use of chemical weapons would not be tolerated, the official said.

In the aftermath of the US strike, Russia pledged to help strengthen Syria's air defenses. Russian state media reported that a frigate, the Admiral Grigorovich, would call at a logistics base at Tartus, Syria. It had earlier picked up supplies at the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk.

(Source: CNN)





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