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Trump vows quick action in response to suspected chemical attack in Syria

Military to present Trump with Syria strike options within hours: sources Air strikes hit Syrian air base, state media report
Faye Gross | 10 April, 2018, 19:25

Several people have died or were hurt after a Syrian military airport was hit by missiles, state media said, amid worldwide alarm over a suspected chemical attack on a rebel-held town. The politician, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about secret military movements, said the atmosphere and USA statements hint at a possible strike, "but there are no indications on the ground so far".

"In this context we are taking action with all means, over time".

The attacks have come almost a week after Trump expressed his desire to bring the US troops back to the country.

Reports said that Trump's comment has come a year and a day after the USA fired cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase in retaliation for a deadly sarin gas attack in 2017.

"Big price to pay", he added.

Lebanese media said that residents living near that country's border with Syria had heard unidentified jets in the early morning hours of Monday.

Russian Federation and Iran have given crucial military and diplomatic backing to Assad's government throughout Syria's seven-year conflict, which has killed hundreds of thousands of people and displaced millions.

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

At least 14 people have died following missile strikes on a Syrian military air base in Tayfur, near the city of Homs.

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"We decisively deny that information", the head of Russia's Reconciliation Center in Syria, Major Gen. Yuri Yevtushenko, told Interfax, referring to allegations that the chemical attack was caused by a chlorine bomb dropped by pro-Assad forces.

Syrian opposition activists and paramedics said at least 40 people were killed in last weekend's suspected chemical attack and blamed the government. Russian Federation announced on April 9 that it had resumed evacuating rebels and civilians from Douma under a negotiated pullout deal.

Britain's Permanent Representative Karen Pierce said the situation today was worse than that during the Cold War because then there was no such flagrant disregard of the universal prohibition against chemical weapons. "US President Donald Trump promised a 'big price to pay" for the suspected chemical attack.

Then, within days the United States military fired cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield where the sarin attack had been launched from.

"Without any grounds and without thinking about the consequences, the governments of the US, the United Kingdom, and France are pursuing a confrontational policy towards Russia and Syria and are pushing the others toward this", Nebenzya was quoted as saying by Russian state-run news agency TASS.

Haley castigated Russian Federation for backing Syria, saying that "Russia's hands are covered in the blood of Syrian children".

Russia, Assad's ally, said such accounts were "fabricated".

Israel has neither confirmed nor denied responsibility for the attack on the Syrian base. Haley offered another such resolution on April 9 and called for a council vote on April 10.

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