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>> It was an atrocious attack.>> President Donald Trump on Monday denounced the deadly suspected chemical attack in Syria and said he'll decide quickly whether to retaliate with a military strike after vowing over the weekend that there would be, quote a big price to pay.>> We'll be making that decision very quickly, probably by the end of today.
But we cannot allow atrocities like that.>> A Syrian relief group said the attack in the besieged town of Douma near Damascus left at least 60 people dead and more than 1,000 injured. Deputy Foreign Policy Editor Yara Bayoumy, is on the story.>> So it would be very difficult to imagine that after Trump says very bold words like there will be a big price to pay.
And also hearing from other US officials and also from US senators who are advocating some kind of response, that we won't see some kind of robust military response. And we've also heard from France and the UK who have also called for a concerted action.>> Trump said he was talking to military leaders and would decide who was responsible for the attack, whether Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, Russia, Iran or all of them together.
Later on Monday, the UN security council held an emergency meeting on the gas attack. US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley.>> We must not overlook Russia and Iran's roles in enabling the Assad regimes murderous destruction. History will record this as the moment when the Security Council either discharged its duty or demonstrated its utter and complete failure to protect the people of Syria.
Either way, the United States will respond.>> After a similar gas attack last year, Trump launched cruise missiles against a Syrian airbase that destroyed several fighter jets.>> Everybody's gonna pay a price.>> It's President Trump's first major overseas test since the arrival over the weekend of John Bolton as his national security adviser, who is viewed as a hard-liner on Syria, Iran, and Russia.
The Syrian government and key ally Russia have denied involvement in the attack. The Kremlin saying the reports were quote, fake.>> I call upon those who will speak against me slandering the regime. To proceed from the premise that there was no chemical weapons attack.>> The two countries have called out Israel for carrying out a strike on a Syrian airbase near Homs on Monday.
The raid neither confirmed nor denied by the Israeli government.