China said that it supports an investigation into a suspected chemical attack on the Syrian rebel-held town of Douma that has provoked global outrage. The Syrian government denied the allegations, which could not be independently verified.
The Syrian conflict began when the Baath regime, in power since 1963 and led by Assad, responded with military force to peaceful protests demanding democratic reforms during the Arab Spring wave of uprisings, triggering an armed rebellion fuelled by mass defections from the Syrian army.
Photo released by Iranian media reportedly show the T-4 air base in central Syria after a missile barrage Monday. Observers said 14 people were killed in the attack. We would recommend that Iran not act against us. It gave no further details.
Russian Federation has warned that USA strikes in Syria would have "grave consequences", according to a Foreign Ministry statement.
It said the airstrike on the T4 air base was conducted by Israeli warplanes flying over the airspace of neighboring Lebanon.
Some estimates placed the total number of dead at 150, while other reports range from 60 to 80 dead.
Rami Abdurrahman, the Observatory's chief, said the assault targeted a mobile air defence unit and some buildings inside the air base. Iran also could also push back against the United States in places such as Iraq, where USA troops are present.
Together with Russia, " Iran was a vital ally of Syria's president Bashar al Assad, supporting his administration militarily, economically and politically since a 2011 rebellion turned in to a civil war.
Syrian forces, backed by Russian Federation, have attacked Eastern Ghouta in a seven-week assault to dislodged rebels, killing more than 1,700 civilians and forcing tens of thousands to flee. "Big price to pay", he said.
Saturday's suspected poison gas attack on the besieged town of Douma came nearly exactly a year after the US missile attack prompted by the Khan Sheikhoun deaths.
Airstrike Attributed to Israel Targeted Iranian Airbase in Syria
The Syrian state news agency also said that the missiles were fired by Israel from Lebanese airspace. He added that it also hit posts outside the base used by the Iranians and Iran-backed fighters.
If and when the Iranians decide to attack Israel, he added, they will not do so from their own territory.
Despite Trump's earlier warning that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would pay a "big price" for his military's alleged use of poison, analysts questioned whether U.S. strikes would influence the course of events on the battlefield and stem the seeming inevitability of a Syrian government victory over its opponents.
The Syrian regime has also been blamed for using chlorine gas on three villages in 2014 and 2015. The group also agreed to give up its prisoners, a key government demand.
"The fact that Iran is participating in such a summit, under Russia's wing, gives the Iranians the tailwind to continue on their current path", an Israeli official said.
The United Nations Security Council is expected to hold an emergency meeting Monday to discuss the chemical attack on Syrian citizens.
Last week, President Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation met with his Iranian and Turkish counterparts to determine the future of Syria, a development Block warned "should send chills down our spine". Trump has declared his intent to withdraw USA troops from Syria in the coming months, despite resistance from many of his advisers. Some had bluish skin, a sign of oxygen deprivation, according to a statement, symptoms consistent with chemical exposure.
The bombardment had kept more than 100,000 people huddled in basements and shelters, said a medical student in Douma who has worked with the opposition and spoke on the condition of anonymity for safety reasons.
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons "made a preliminary analysis of the reports of the alleged use of chemical weapons immediately after they were issued", said director general Ahmet Uzumcu.
The children of Eastern Ghouta, in the suburb of the capital Damascus, have already suffered through years of violence.