A missile attack on a Syrian military airport left several dead and wounded, state media said Monday, after the USA warned Damascus and its allies over an earlier suspected chemical attack on a rebel-held town.
US President Donald Trump's top military commanders were on Sunday preparing a set of options for carrying out strikes against the Syrian government, senior military officials told i24NEWS, after a devastating toxic gas attack killed dozens.
President Trump recently told us military leaders to begin making plans to withdraw troops from Syria, but a senior administration official told NBC that Trump reluctantly agreed to keep troops in Syria for an unspecified amount of time in order to defeat ISIS.
The ministry said Syria shot down five out of the eight missiles that targeted the base.
A European diplomat said Western allies would work on building a dossier based on photos, videos, witness testimony and satellite images of Syrian flights and helicopters.
Syrian state TV quoted an unnamed military official as saying that Israeli F-15 warplanes fired several missiles at T4.
SANA's report said that the strike against the airfield had presumably been delivered by the US Armed Forces.
In a separate incident on Saturday, 41 people were reported killed and hundreds wounded in an alleged poison gas attack in the town of Douma, according to the Syrian American Medical Society, a nonprofit medical relief organization.
Further, President Trump spoke against the chemical attack launched by the Syrian government against civilians and blamed the president of Syria for having powers over Russian Federation and Iran.
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Israel, which has struck Syrian army locations many times in the course of its neighbour's seven-year-old civil war, has not confirmed nor denied mounting the raid.
Syria's state news agency SANA initially said the attack on the T4 air base was likely "an American aggression", but the Pentagon denied involvement, and the agency then dropped the accusation, blaming Israel instead.
Trump today condemned the "heinous attack" in Syria and said later at a Cabinet meeting that he would "forcefully" respond.
It was not initially clear who carried out the attack after both the USA and France denied that they were responsible for the attack.
When asked about the explosions, an Israeli spokeswoman declined to comment. "Israel and the US are the only two countries that could have carried this out, and Israel has operated in this area before".
'President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad.
The Syrian opposition blamed the suspected chemical attack on Saturday in the town of Douma on government forces.
Advisors have told the President that it is not wise to hastily withdraw troops from Syria.
"The Secretary-General is particularly alarmed by allegations that chemical weapons have been used against civilian populations in Douma", a spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a statement.More news: Ronda Rousey Makes Wrestling Debut With 'WrestleMania 34' Match Highlights