Syria says suspected United States missiles fired at air base; Washington denies strike

10 April, 2018, 20:23 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • Military to present Trump with Syria strike options within hours: sources

Syrian activists have said that a poison gas attack on Douma, a town held by rebels, have killed over 40 people while the rest are seriously injured.

Trump said on Sunday there would be a "big price to pay" after medical aid groups reported dozens of civilians, including many children and women, were killed by poison gas in the besieged rebel-held town of Douma.

"Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria", Trump tweeted on Saturday.

Trump referred in a Tweet to "Animal Assad" and criticised Russia and Iran for backing the Syrian leader, directly naming Russian President Vladimir Putin. "Big price to pay", he said. "Open [the] area immediately for medical help and verification", he said. Another humanitarian disaster for no reason whatsoever.

The U.S. government is still trying to verify what happened. He said the Russian military visited the site of the suspected attack and found no traces of the chemicals.

At least 14 people have died following missile strikes on a Syrian military air base in Tayfur, near the city of Homs.

Nebenzia alleged that the anti-government forces had chemical weapons and could stage an attack.




Sarin, which was originally developed by Nazi Germany, was banned under worldwide law in 1997. "Yes, this is about the actions, the brutal actions by Assad and his regime".

On Sunday, he also criticized his predecessor Barack Obama for not striking after warning that the use of chemical weapons in Syria was a "red line". "He has challenged Assad in the past not to use chemical weapons".

Later in 2016, however, reports began to emerge that the regime was deploying chlorine gas, which is not a banned substance, in barrel bombs that it dropped on civilians.

But Russia blocked several similar resolutions in the past, and Nebenzya hinted that the latest one - which he called "unacceptable" - would meet the same fate.

"Everything suggests that during the second attack, chlorine was used to hide the use of sarin at the same time", he said. "Israel and the US are the only two countries that could have carried this out, and Israel has operated in this area before". But if the USA finds that a nerve agent such as sarin was used instead of chlorine, or if nerve agents were mixed in with chlorine, retaliatory attacks against Assad regime targets may be bigger and more severe.

Speaking at a meeting with USA military advisers late on April 9, Trump said, "we're making a decision as to what we do with respect to the awful attack that was made near Damascus.and it will be met forcefully". It also, perhaps, came as a bit of a surprise as Trump has often been criticised for his lack of the same towards his Russian counterpart for his country's alleged involvement in the meddling of the 2016 USA presidential election. Dr. Muhammad, a doctor in Ghouta, said patients were coughing blood, a symptom not seen in previous chemical attacks. "We'll be making that decision very quickly, probably by the end of today".

"We can't let atrocities like we all witnessed.we can't let that happen in our world.especially when we're able to because of the power of the United States.we're able to stop it". "China supports the Security Council and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in continuing to play an important role as a main channel for addressing the chemical weapons in Syria". A source close to United States administration also confirmed to Sputnik that U.S. is not conducting military operations against Syria.

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