Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Israel Strikes Syria After Chemical Attack, Trump Threatens 'Animal' Assad

Israel Strikes Syria After Chemical Attack, Trump Threatens 'Animal' Assad

Warnings from US President Donald Trump there would be a "big price to pay" for the alleged attack have raised the spectre of an American strike on Syria, setting up a potential confrontation with regime backer Russian Federation.

More than 133,000 people have fled a suburb of the Syrian capital, Damascus, in the face of the government's military onslaught, the United Nations refugee agency said Tuesday.

The PM said the attack in Douma was part of a "troubling wider pattern of acts of aggression" and abuse of global norms on the use of chemical weapons.

Mr Trump said the U.S. is still investigating the possible involvement of the Iranian and Russian governments in the strike.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Tuesday that Trump will not attend the 8th Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru or travel to Bogota, Colombia as planned.

"That will give the USA and possibly France an excuse for military action", said Gowan.

Trump and French president Emmanuel Macron agreed in a phone call on Monday "to continue their coordination on responding to Syria's atrocious use of chemical weapons", the White House said on Monday evening. "And if he does it's going to be very tough, very tough".

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres's spokesperson Stephane Dujarric told reporters: "While the United Nations is not in a position to verify these reports, the Secretary-General notes that any use of chemical weapons, if confirmed, is abhorrent, and requires a thorough investigation".

Nikki Haley, the United States' Ambassador to the United Nations, addresses the UN Security Council (UNSC) meeting on Syria at the UN headquarters in New York, US, April 9, 2018.

Moscow said it warned the United States of "grave repercussions" if it carried out an attack against Syrian government forces.

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Syria's government has denied using chemical weapons throughout the Syrian conflict, which began in 2011.

Potentially looking to head off Western military strikes, Syria's foreign ministry said it had invited the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to visit the site of the alleged attack.

Her comments came after the latest alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria's rebel-held town of Douma that killed at least 40 people. "Independent Mechanism of Investigation" to try to determine whether chemical weapons were used and possibly who is responsible.

Earlier Monday, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the United States is not ruling out military action against Syria. "Sadly, these actions are consistent with Assad's established pattern of chemical weapons use".

During a stormy council meeting, the Russian ambassador warned that a United States military strike against Syria could have "grave repercussions" and stressed that the use of chlorine or sarin had not been confirmed in the attack.

Washington s main European allies stood by reports blaming Assad.

Washington has threatened to take military action against Syria to punish it for the alleged attack.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Monday accused Russian Federation of falling short on its obligations to ensure that Syria abandoned its chemical weapons capabilities.

Macron on Tuesday evening said he wants "a strong and joint response" to the attack, saying that France would decide in the coming days alongside the USA and Britain.

The UN Security Council held emergency meetings Monday on Syria, which sees tensions between the representatives of the United States and Russian Federation.

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