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>> Syrian air defenses reportedly shot down eight missiles after a major air base was struck early on Monday morning. That's according to Syrian state TV. They say the strikes near homes were suspected to have been launched by the United States. However, a senior US official told Reuters there's no truth to reports of any American strikes against bases controlled by Syria's Bashar Al Assad.
Syrian state TV said that a series of loud explosions were heard at the airfield as several suspected US missiles struck the installation in the country's west, in the early hours of Monday morning, local time. Monday's missile strike report follows an alleged chemical attack on the rebel held region of Eastern Ghouta by the Syrian military late Saturday.
On Sunday, US President Donald Trump said on Twitter, there would be a big price to pay for the alleged chemical attack in Ghouta, placing blame squarely at the feet of the Syrian and Russian governments. Early Monday morning, US government sources told Reuters an assessment of what happened in Ghouta showed that chemical weapons had been used.
Medical aid group said dozens were killed by poison gas in the attack. The source said the US was still assessing further details of the attack. But that the determination of the use of chemical weapons had been made with some degree of confidence. The European Union also said earlier that evidence pointed to Syrian State Forces being responsible for the attack.
The Syrian government has denied involvement.