According to CNN's report, Syrian authorities began moving the planes to an air base at Bassel Al-Assad International Airport, situated in Latakia near the Russian Khmeimim air base, shortly after the U.S. struck the site from which Washington suspects a chemical attack on Idlib originated.
Fifty-nine Tomahawk missiles were fired at Shayrat air base outside of Homs, Syria. Targets included "aircraft, hardened aircraft shelters, petroleum and logistical storage areas, ammunition supply bunkers, air defense systems and radars," according to the Pentagon.
A senior Israeli officer said Wednesday it was difficult to believe that President Bashar Assad did not know about the chemical attack on Syrian civilians earlier this month. According to the officer, Israeli intelligence shows that the attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun involved sarin gas and was carried out by senior officers in the Syrian army.
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