Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Suspected chemical attack: worldwide monitor to send fact-finding team to Syria

Suspected chemical attack: worldwide monitor to send fact-finding team to Syria

It's not yet clear what kind of military action May is reportedly considering taking.

Mr. Trump said that the administration is still "studying" the situation in Syria closely and is talking to military leaders about an appropriate response.

Trump consulted, in person and by phone, with other world leaders, but there was no clear indication of whether he had decided whether or when to use military force to make good on his promise that those responsible for Saturday's suspected poison gas attack would "pay a price" for what he called a heinous violation of worldwide law.

The OPCW said it had asked Syria to make the necessary arrangements for the deployment of a mission, and this coincided with a request from Syria and Russian Federation to investigate the alleged chemical attack. Seven council members, including the US, Britain and France, voted against the proposal and two abstained.

Air traffic control agency Eurocontrol has warned airlines to exercise caution in the eastern Mediterranean due to the possible launch of air strikes into Syria in next 72 hours.

While Haley and Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia were seen greeting each other with handshakes and kisses on the cheek prior to the meeting, the mood quickly changed as the diplomats hurled accusations at each other.

The US and Russian militaries have sought to avoid conflict in Syria, notably past year in the Euphrates River Valley where they supported rival sides in the campaign against Islamic State militants.

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has also said that Moscow will table a United Nations resolution calling for an independent inquiry into the attack in Douma.

She accused Russian Federation of repeatedly shielding President Bashar Assad instead of working for Security Council unity.

Twelve of the 15 members of the UN Security Council voted in favour of the USA text, while Russian Federation and Bolivia voted against it, reports Xinhua.

The Russian ministry of defence has previously said it will fire at any USA craft that strikes government areas of Damascus, where Russian officials are also based. It "should always be given a say on any military action", Corbyn said.

Adding to the tensions, Iran, a strong ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, threatened to respond to an airstrike on a Syrian military base on Monday that the Syrian government, Russian Federation and Iran blamed on Israel. The Kremlin said on Wednesday it hoped all sides involved in Syria would avoid doing anything that could destabilise an already fragile situation in the Middle East, and made clear it strongly opposed any U.S. strike on its ally.

Unless some way can be found to harm his military significantly, without danger of wider USA involvement, that may be the only option.

President Trump and his French counterpart Mr Macron had already agreed to co-ordinate a "strong, joint response" after talks by telephone.

The United States and other Western powers are considering taking military action over a suspected poison gas attack on Saturday on a rebel-held Syrian town that long had held out against President Bashar al-Assad's forces.

Reports suggested that hundreds of people, mostly women and children, were brought to medical centres with difficulty breathing, foaming at the mouth, and burning sensations in the eyes.

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