USA says has 'proof' Syria's Assad used chemical weapon in Douma

USA says has 'proof' Syria's Assad used chemical weapon in Douma

Henrietta Brewer
April 14, 2018

Western leaders have made clear the alleged toxic gas strike on the Damascus suburb of Douma must not go unanswered - despite a warning from the United Nations secretary-general that the crisis could trigger a "full-blown military escalation".

"I call on the members of the Security Council to unite and exercise that responsibility", Guterres said.

Guterres called on all the United Nations members to "unite" to deter further escalation that might aggravate the suffering that the Syrian people have endured during the conflict.

"I've been reiterating my deep concerns about the risks of the current impasse and stressed the need to avoid the situation spiraling out of control".

The U.N. chief told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council Friday called by Russian Federation that the highly volatile situation risks "escalation, fragmentation and division as far as the eye can see with profound regional and global ramifications".

Pierce said the cabinet met recently and concluded that the "Assad regime" has a track record of using chemical weapons.

France warned that Syria's regime had reached a "point of no return" by using chemical weapons and vowed to confront the "intolerable threat" of such attacks to global security.

US President Trump appeared to roll back somewhat on his threat for a military strike against Syria, tweeting that action could be taken "very soon or not so soon at all".

"All nations and all people will be harmed if we allow Assad to normalise the use of chemical weapons", she said.

The United States claimed on Friday (Apr 13) to have proof that the Syrian regime carried out a chemical massacre that has set western powers on a collision course with Russian Federation, as President Donald Trump readied his response.

"Unilaterally taking military action by circumventing the Security Council is inconsistent with the principles and purposes of the UN Charter and runs counter to the norms of global law and those governing worldwide relations".

He advised countries to "act responsibly in these unsafe circumstances".

This situation has repercussions beyond the region and has ramifications in the entire world: the Cold War has returned, he said when intervening in the Security Council. He said the second priority now is to get inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to the Damascus suburb of Douma where a suspected poisonous gas attack took place last weekend to see what happened - and "that nothing prevents them from doing it".

Both Syria and Russian Federation requested an FFM team to be dispatched after opposition groups claimed that the Syrian army executed a chemical weapons attack there, alleging there were scores of deaths and hundreds of casualties.

Russian Federation warned the West not to make any "dangerous" moves against its ally Bashar al-Assad's regime and claimed to have proof that the attack had been staged by rescue workers acting on Britain's behalf.

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