Country struck by missiles; officials claim U.S. not responsible

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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.

The Revolutionary Guards, Iran's most powerful military force have been fighting in support of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad for several years. Reports said that Trump's comment has come a year and a day after the United States fired cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase in retaliation for a deadly sarin gas attack in 2017.

According to the Syrian media, the country's air defenses had come face to face with a missile attack during which almost 8 missiles were shot down. It said Syria shot down five of them while the other three landed in the western part of the base.

The reports of the latest chemical attack in Syria and of the related civilian casualties are of grave concern to China, said Wu.

According to Syrian officials, the air strikes killed and injured a large number of people and among those killed were Iranians and members of Iranian groups.

The alleged attack on Saturday killed 40 in the rebel-held town of Douma, multiple opposition and rescue groups including told The Associated Press, which was unable to independently verify the reports.

The Syrian government had denied that any chemical attack had taken place, describing the rumours as "fabrications" and an attempt to deter armed forces from advancing on the city.

The Pentagon denied any role in the military airbase attack in Homs and issued a statement, "At this time, the Department of Defence is not conducting airstrikes in Syria".

The suspected poison gas attack on Saturday on the besieged town of Douma came nearly exactly a year after the U.S. missile attack prompted by the Khan Sheikhoun deaths.

AP quoted SANA saying it was "likely to be an American aggression" though US officials told the organization no American military action had been taken.

Russian Federation is warning the US against any "military intervention" in Syria over the government's alleged chemical attack against civilians this weekend, saying any such response would be "unacceptable" and lead to the "most serious consequences".

It was not initially clear who carried out the attack after both the US and France denied that they were responsible for the attack.

Russia's foreign minister has called reports of a suspected poison gas attack in Syria a "provocation".

The Israeli government had no immediate comment.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Assad's government and its backers, including Russian Federation, "must be held to account" if it is found to have been responsible for the suspected poison gas attack.

The U.S. president later conferred with French President Emmanuel Macron, and they agreed on the need for a "firm response" to the attack, Macron's office said.

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

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.

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

The UN Security Council is set to meet in an emergency session today to discuss the poison gas attack.

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