>> Syria has joined its main ally, Russia, in accusing Israel of carrying out overnight missile strikes on a major Syrian airfield. Syrian soldiers seen here. A spokesperson for Israel has declined to comment. It has conducted scores of airstrikes within the country in recent years, mostly unacknowledged. Reuters Dan Williams says there appears to be two main reasons for that.
One, to avoid publicly humiliating its enemies sparking retaliation.>> And the other appears to be respect for Russia, which is the big power that really calls the shots in Syria. Russia has been helping Assad as well. It wants to stabilize the country. And it's very unhappy about anything that could be deemed to have destabilized Syria.
>> 14 people are believed to have been killed in the strike, which Syria's state-run media originally blamed on the United States. Washington has denied it, as has NATO ally, France. The airstrike happened hours after President Trump had warned of quote, a big price to pay for the Syrian government.
After reports of another alleged chemical attack by the country's military surfaced over the weekend. Aid organizations said at least 60 people died in the rebel enclave of Ghouta. Syria's government has denied any involvement.