US Threatens Military Action Against Syria; Russia Warns Of 'Grave' Consequences

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

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

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.

Syrian activists have said that a poison gas attack on Douma, a town held by rebels, have killed over 40 people while the rest are seriously injured.

Syrian state media said they were suspected to be USA strikes but the Pentagon formally denied involvement saying it was not conducting air strikes in Syria "at this time".

The ministry said Syria shot down five out of the eight missiles that targeted the base.

Former US President Barack Obama had once said that the use of chemical weapons, which is banned under global treaties, which Syria remains a part of, was a "Red Line" for the US' strategy in the Syrian Civil War.

SANA first said the missile strike on the Tayfur base was a "suspected USA attack", but later withdrew all reference to America.

Rami Abdurrahman, who heads the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, says most of the 14 killed were either Iranians or members of Iran-backed groups.

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.

Israel is yet to comment on the missile strike which hit Syria's Tayfour airbase also known as T4.

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.

Map of Syria
Missiles attack air base in Homs province -Syrian state TV

"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.

On Sunday, President Donald Trump tweeted that the area of the alleged chemical attack was "in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army", and that it was "completely inaccessible to outside world".

"Through the relevant channels we already conveyed to the USA that armed force under mendacious pretext against Syria - where, at the request of the legitimate government of a country, Russian troops have been deployed - could lead to grave repercussions", he said.

'President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad.

According to Ben Eliyahu the base that was hit was the source of the drone that entered Israeli airspace in February. "And I think President Trump made that very clear early in his administration".

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.

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

The EU appealed in a statement on Sunday that Assad allies Russian Federation and Iran "use their influence to prevent any further attack and ensure the cessation of hostilities and de-escalation of violence" as agree under a United Nations resolution.

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

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

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