US President Donald Trump delivers a statement on Syria from the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, on April 6, 2017.(AFP Photo)
DAMASCUS, April 7 (Xinhua) -- Syria's Information Minister Ramez Turjman said his government is consulting with its allies about the response to the U.S. missile strike that targeted a Syrian air base earlier on Friday.
The minister said the Syrian leadership is consulting with Russia and Iran on the response to the "American aggression," adding that there will be a political movement soon.
Earlier in the day, the United States launched missile attack on the Shayrat Air Base in the central province of Homs, in retaliation to the alleged chemical attack on a rebel-held town in the northwestern province of Idlib.
Nearly 60 Tomahawk missiles struck the air base, nearly destroying it completely, killing six Syrian soldiers and destroying nine Syrian warplanes.
The U.S. administration said the attack comes in retaliation to the strikes by the Syrian air force on the town of Khan Sheikhoun.
Activists accused the Syrian army of firing toxic gas on the town, killing 70 people, while the Syrian army said the strike targeted an arm depot containing toxic gas, blaming the rebels for storing such materials.