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Missiles hit Syrian air base in Homs province

10 April 2018

The Syrian state denied government forces had launched any chemical attack. Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it completely inaccessible to outside world.

Thomas Bossert, Trump's homeland security adviser, said the president's national security team had been in talks with Trump late Saturday and early Sunday about how to respond to the alleged chemical attack in Douma.

The US Department of State, in a statement, claimed to be following the reports on Saturday's attack and added that Russian Federation "ultimately bears responsibility" for the attacks and its consequences.

Seven Iranian military personnel were killed in Sunday's air strike on a Syrian air base, Tasnim news agency said, nearly double the number originally reported.

Monday's missile attack followed a suspected poison gas attack on Saturday on the last remaining foothold for the Syrian opposition in the eastern suburbs of Damascus. "Big price to pay", Trump wrote on Twitter.

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"However, we continue to closely watch the situation and support the ongoing diplomatic efforts to hold those who use chemical weapons, in Syria and otherwise, accountable".

SANA reported that there were deaths and injuries as a result of the attack but did not give exact figures.

Damascus denied its forces had launched any chemical assault and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said such allegations were false and a provocation.

Russian Federation said two Israeli fighter jets launched the attack on the T4 air base in central Syria from Lebanon's air space in the early hours of Monday.

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

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French President Emmanuel Macron spoke to Trump by telephone and the two agreed that they would work together to establish clear responsibility for what Macron's office said they had agreed was a confirmed chemical attack.

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres's spokesperson Stephane Dujarric told reporters: "While the United Nations is not in a position to verify these reports, the secretary-general notes that any use of chemical weapons if confirmed, is abhorrent, and requires a thorough investigation".

USA government sources said Washington's assessment of the Saturday attack was that chemical weapons were used.

According to The Atlantic, The White Helmets, a voluntary aide group, pinned the blame for the assault, which claimed more than 40 civilian lives, on the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime. The European Union also said evidence pointed to the use of chemical weapons by Assad's forces. It says the other three landed in the western part of the T4 base.

The U.N. Security Council planned to hold an emergency meeting Monday to discuss the chemical attack. However gaining access to samples on the ground would be hard.

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Guterres's speical envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, told the Council via a video link from Geneva that the terrorist group Jaish al-Islam that was in control of Douma had asked for United Nations intervention, but the Syrian government did not respond to it.

Missiles hit Syrian air base in Homs province