Abril 24, 2018

Syria chemical attack, missile strike

10 Abril 2018, 06:50 | Crisanna Felipe

The attack came after a months-long push by the Syrian government to retake a group of towns east of Damascus known as Eastern Ghouta

The attack came after a months-long push by the Syrian government to retake a group of towns east of Damascus known as Eastern Ghouta

"We're talking about humanity and it can't be allowed to happen", President Donald Trump said during a Cabinet meeting on Monday.

"We have reached the moment when the world must see justice done", Haley told an emergency meeting at United Nations headquarters in NY.

"We are making a decision as to what we do with respect to the frightful attack that was made near Damascus, and it will be met forcefully, and when I'm not saying because I don't like to talk about timing".

Both Damascus and Moscow had warned against using the allegations to justify military action against Assad.

But Russia says it can not support the proposal because it contains "unacceptable elements".

"We have reached the moment when the world must see justice done", Haley told the council.

President Donald Trump said Monday he was weighing how to respond to the attack.

President Bashar al-Assad's government and Russian Federation, his most powerful ally, said there was no evidence that a gas attack had taken place and the claim was bogus.

She added: "Meetings are ongoing".

Assad regime forces struck targets in Eastern Ghouta's Douma district on Saturday midnight, using a toxic gas which left at least 78 civilians dead, according to Syrian Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets.

"Russia will inevitably veto the USA resolution criticizing Assad, and Washington will use this to justify military strikes", he said.

"We can't let that happen".

Mrs May sidestepped a question on whether Parliament would be recalled from recess to debate any military intervention.

The White House, Pentagon and State Department declined to comment on specific options or whether military action was likely.

"The timing of the strike isn't coincidental", said Michael Horowitz, a senior analyst at Le Beck International, a Middle East-based geopolitical and security consultancy. Monday was the first day on the job for Trump's new national security adviser, John Bolton, who has previously advocated military action against Syria.

When asked if Putin himself might be responsible for the attacks, Trump responded that the Russian president would pay the price if he was involved in the use of chemical weapons.

Haley accused Russian Federation of protecting Syria at the United Nations while Moscow's military advisers in Damascus are helping Assad wage a "starve or surrender campaign" against Syrian civilians that includes the use of chemical weapons.

British Prime Minister Theresa May called it "reprehensible" and said if the Assad government was found to be responsible, it would be held to account.

"President Trump last week signaled to the world that the United States would prematurely withdraw from Syria", McCain said in a statement.

Since February 18, Syrian regime forces have been carrying out an offensive against Ghouta that has killed more than 1,700 civilians and cornered rebels in their last holdout of Douma. Both Syria and Russian Federation have denied the Syrian government's involvement in that attack. They said the victims had foam on their mouths. The Syrian-American Medical Society claimed that more than 500 people were brought to medical centers in Eastern Ghouta with symptoms "indicative of exposure to a chemical agent", including breathing problems and bluish skin.

More than 50,000 people, including fighters and their families, are expected to leave Douma, a source involved the negotiations told Reuters earlier on Monday.

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