Tensions spiral in Syria as Israel blamed for deadly strike

Military to present Trump with Syria strike options within hours: sources

Israel is yet to comment on the missile strike which hit Syria's Tayfour airbase also known as T4. China supports an investigation of the alleged use of chemical weapons in Douma, Syria, Hu Taitao said on Monday.

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

The state broadcaster said explosions were heard at the T-4 airfield near Homs, which is close to the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria.

The agency said it was likely "an American aggression" but USA officials say the United States had not launched airstrikes on Syria.

The French military has issued a statement, saying that it hadn't conduct a strike on the base.

European Union spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said that over the weekend and early Monday as the reports came in of another atrocity in Syria, the European Union "learned from several sources" to shape its conviction "that it is the Syrian regime which is responsible" when it comes to the suspected chemical attack.

Douma is the last remaining opposition-held town in Eastern Ghouta, once the rebels' main bastion outside Damascus but now ravaged by a seven-week regime assault.

And a prominent Republican senator warned Trump that a failure to act now could leave him in a weakened posture internationally.

On Sunday, President Donald Trump warned the Syrian government it would pay a "big price" for the suspected chemical weapons attack.

Trump today condemned the "heinous attack" in Syria and said later at a Cabinet meeting that he would "forcefully" respond. "Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it completely inaccessible to outside world".

Haley said those responsible for the attacks were "monsters", adding: "We must not overlook Russian Federation and Iran's roles in enabling the Assad regime's murderous destruction". Big price to pay.

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Observers believe that chorine has been used numerous times by the Syrian government as it fights rebel forces throughout the country, including since the 2017 retaliation ordered by Mr. Trump.

Trump referred in a Tweet to "Animal Assad" and criticised Russia and Iran for backing the Syrian leader, directly naming Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says that Russian Federation expects Turkey to bring the strategic northern Syrian town of Afrin, previously held by Syrian Kurdish forces, under the control of the Syrian government.

It was less than a week ago that Trump announced during a rally in OH that he planned to get US troops out of Syria "very soon".

The AP and other worldwide news organizations reported SANA said the country's air defenses had shot down eight missiles.

The Syrian American Medical Society and the civil defence service, which operates in rebel-held areas, said 49 people had been killed in the suspected gas attack.

One video shared by activists showed bodies of about a dozen children, women and men, some with foam at the mouth.

Worldwide condemnation grew over a suspected poison gas attack in a rebel-held town near Damascus said to have been carried out by the Syrian government, while Syria and its main ally, Russia, blamed Israel for airstrikes on a Syrian air base that reportedly killed 14 people, including four Iranians.

A Syrian war-monitoring group says 14 people, including Iranians, were killed in a missile attack early in the morning on an air base in central Syria.

Moscow said some 8,000 fighters and 40,000 civilians would be bussed out and said that proved "no chemical weapons were used in this area". It said Syria shot down five of them while the three others landed in the western part of the base. However gaining access to samples on the ground would be hard.

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