Russia, Syria invite probe into alleged chemical attack
10 April, 2018, 19:23 | Author: Dustin Murphy
Syria, backed its Russian and Iranian allies, dismissed U.S. allegations of its responsibility as "fabrications". "The aim of these false speculations, that have no basis, is to shield the terrorists and the irreconcilable radical opposition, who reject a political solution, at the same time while trying to justify possible armed strikes from outside".
According to the reports, the chemical attack on Saturday killed at least 49 people and injured 500 others, Thomas Markram, the deputy to the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, told the Council.
Worldwide condemnation grew over a suspected poison gas attack in a rebel-held town near Damascus said to have been carried out by the Syrian government, while Syria and its main ally, Russia, blamed Israel for airstrikes on a Syrian air base that reportedly killed 14 people, including four Iranians. More than 30 of the victims were children.
The Syrian government denied the allegations, calling them fabrications.
British Prime Minister Theresa May said Assad's government and its backers, including Russian Federation, "must be held to account" if it is found to have been responsible for the suspected poison gas attack.
US President Donald Trump's top military commanders were on Sunday preparing a set of options for carrying out strikes against the Syrian government, senior military officials told i24NEWS, after a devastating toxic gas attack killed dozens.
It is believed the strikes are in response to an alleged chemical gas attack on Saturday. "The Israeli aggression on the T4 airport was carried out with F-15 planes that fired several missiles from above Lebanese land", state news agency SANA said. "These reports, if confirmed, are horrifying and demand an immediate response by the worldwide community".
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.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Tuesday he is outraged by the reported attack, and that the use of chemical weapons would be a violation of worldwide law.
"It is critical that civilians be protected", the statement from spokesman Stephane Durjarric said.
Then, within days the USA military fired cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield where the sarin attack had been launched from.
A Syrian military official also says Israel was behind the attack.
"At this time, the Department of Defense is not conducting air strikes inside Syria...." Syria denied it was responsible for the attack, which killed at least 80 people.
More than 100 buses entered the town Sunday night to transport fighters and their families to Jarablus, a town under the shared control of rebels and Turkey, said Syrian state-affiliated al-Ikhbariya TV.
France accused Russian Federation of having a hand in the attack on Douma that drew global outrage.
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.
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