Monday, April 9, 2018

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Developing now, Monday, April 9, 2018
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  • An airstrike hit an Assad air base in Syria shortly after a suspected chemical attack killed 40 in a suburb of Damascus. Russia blames Israel.
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Airstrikes on Monday reportedly killed 14 people, including Iranians, at a military airport near the city of Homs shortly after a suspected chemical attack that killed at least 40 people in a suburb of the capital city, Damascus, over the weekend.

Rami Abdurrahman, who heads the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, says most of the 14 killed were either Iranians or members of Iran-backed groups.

It was not immediately clear which country launched the strikes, but Russia and Syria blame Israel.

Survivors described the earlier chemical attack as something akin to a horror movie: babies foaming at the mouth, children choking and victims wailing as their eyes burned.

Those in the rebel-held Syrian enclave of Douma say they immediately knew their region had again been assaulted by chemical weapons -- and something stronger than just chlorine.

HARRY J. KAZIANIS writes that the attack shows the world now considers chemical attacks OK.

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