Seven Iranians were killed in strike on Syrian air base: Tasnim

Syria conflict Strikes hit Syrian airfield

Israel has struck Syrian army locations many times in the course of the conflict, hitting convoys and bases of Iranian-backed militias that fight alongside Syrian President Bashar al Assad's forces.

Some Iranian media reported that one of those killed was a member of the Revolutionary Guards Aerospace Force, a division that operates drones.

It was the second such airstrike this year on the Syrian air base, known as T4, where Iranian fighters are believed to be stationed.

The Russian military says the Israeli Air Force was behind the airstrike in Syria and had launched eight missiles on a Syrian air base.

The Syrian air defenses responded to the attack, destroying several rockets before reaching their destination.

Earlier, President Donald Trump promised a "big price to pay" for the weekend's suspected chemical attack.

The Syrian government launched a fierce air and ground assault on Douma, the last rebel-held town in the eastern Ghouta district, last Friday.

These reports could not be independently verified.

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Russian Federation and Syria have invited a probe into the alleged chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Douma after USA president Donald Trump threatened that there would be a "big price to pay".

The European Union also laid the blame squarely on Assad's government.

United States government sources say Washington's assessment of Saturday attack was that chemical weapons were used. However gaining access to samples on the ground would be hard.

Trump on Monday condemned the "heinous attack" in Syria and said he would make a decision on a US response "probably by the end of today" after huddling with military advisers.

"British U.N. Ambassador Karen Pierce told reporters ahead of the meeting that Britain "would prefer to start with a proper investigation", but all options were on the table and London was in close contact with its allies the United States and France".

United Nations war crimes investigators had previously documented 33 chemical attacks in Syria, attributing 27 to the Assad regime, which has repeatedly denied using the weapons. Dr. Muhammad, a doctor in Ghouta, said patients were coughing blood, a symptom not seen in previous chemical attacks.

"Everything suggests that during the second attack, chlorine was used to hide the use of sarin at the same time", he said.

A man is washed following alleged chemical weapons attack, in what is said to be Douma, Syria in this still image from video obtained by Reuters on April 8, 2018. It had been under the control of Islamic State militants until the Syrian army and its allies regained control past year after heavy Russian military intervention. Earlier, the rebels of the Islam Army in the area backed down on an agreement they had concluded with the Syrian government and Russian Federation on their evacuation from Douma and refused to release kidnapped people from its prisons.

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