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President Trump blasted the dictator on social media within hours of the attack, saying "Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria". But he suggested that the airstrike came in response to a reported chemical attack that killed 40 people in Damascus. The alleged attack in the town of Douma occurred Saturday night amid a resumed offensive by Syrian government forces after the collapse of a truce.

Lebanon's Ministry of Foreign Affairs denounced Tuesday Israel's violation of its airspace after the Jewish state launched a missile strike on a Syrian base a day earlier.

Syrian forces were able to shoot down five of the eight missiles, according to the defense ministry.

The Israeli military reportedly struck Syrian military targets twice during December and once during January, but did not confirm the reports. It gave no further details.

In his comments Monday evening, Netanyahu also referenced the recent riots on Israel's border with the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

As worldwide officials worked to try to confirm the chemical attack, Trump took the rare step of directly criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin in connection with the incident. "Big price to pay", Trump wrote on Twitter.

Forces from government allies Russian Federation and Iran, as well as fighters from the Lebanese Hezbollah militia, are known to have a presence at the base, according to the observatory. He added that it also hit posts outside the base used by the Iranians and Iran-backed fighters. The victims' bodies were transported to Iran from Syria for burial.

The missile attack followed a suspected poison gas attack on Saturday on the last remaining foothold for Syrian rebels in the eastern suburbs of Damascus.

The measures come as President Donald Trump is threatening an imminent military strike against Syria, vowing to respond "forcefully" to Saturday's apparent chemical weapons attack on civilians and warning that Russian Federation or any other nation found to share responsibility will "pay a price".

"At this time, the Department of Defense is not conducting airstrikes in Syria", the Pentagon said in a statement.

A Syrian medical relief group said more than 1,000 people were injured in the chemical attack.

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.

On Monday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Bahram Qassemi condemned the attack, which he called a "violation of Syria's sovereignty and territorial integrity" by Israel.

The Syrian government denied the allegations, calling them fabrications.

Those reports could not be independently verified because of a government blockade around the town.

Tiyas airbase in western Homs district came under attack, Fars News Agency said on Monday.

The United Nations Security Council meet and hear remarks from U.N. Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura via video broadcast, Monday April 9, 2018 at U.N. headquarters.