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Divided UN falters in response to alleged Syria chemical attack

Divided UN falters in response to alleged Syria chemical attack”

Both countries traded blocking attempts to set up worldwide investigations into a possible chemical weapons attacks in Syria. We tell everything. We're sending troops.

Syrian opposition activists and paramedics said at least 40 people were killed in last weekend's suspected chemical attack and blamed the government.

"If you took the decision to carry out an illegal military adventure, and we do hope that you will come to your senses, well then you will have to bear responsibility for it", he said.

Zakharova also said a missile strike could destroy evidence of chemical weapons - or perhaps cover up a lack of such evidence.

"If there is a USA missile attack, we - in line with both Putin and Russia's chief of staff's remarks - will shoot down U.S. rockets and even the sources that launched the missiles", Zasypkin told Hezbollah-state run media, according to Al Jazeera.

In Tuesday's first vote, Russian Federation vetoed a US-drafted resolution that would have condemned the suspected Douma attack in the strongest terms and established a new independent and impartial investigative body to determine responsibility for Syrian chemical attacks.

The apparent decision by the White House to conduct a missile strike comes after Russian Federation claimed the Syrian government shot down several Israeli cruise missiles over the weekend.

The U.N. health agency says reports from its partners indicate some 500 patients showed signs of exposure to toxic chemicals following shelling on the Syrian town of Douma over the weekend. Multiple IS attacks have targeted French soil, including one last month.

The attack that killed dozens last weekend in Douma, one of the last pockets of rebels against the Bashar Assad regime, has been condemned worldwide by countries such as the US, though his supporters including Russian Federation have said there is no evidence that such an attack even occurred.

The strikes provoked no more than protest from Moscow. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal discussions.

"For the first time in the history of military operations a country has broadcast what, when and where they will be doing in a future attack!"

Mr Nebenzia accused the United States of trying to mislead the global community and said it is "taking one more step toward confrontation". He criticized Russian Federation for what he suggested was its failure to ensure the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal under terms of a 2013 agreement.

US President Donald Trump cancelled a planned trip to Peru and Colombia to work on the Syria response.

The attack at the weekend led to widespread condemnation, as Theresa May agreed with Trump and French president Emmanuel Macron that the worldwide community "needed to respond" following the suspected attack.

After the attack, the rebel group holed up in Douma - Jaish al-Islam - finally agreed to withdraw from the town.

In 2013, as the Obama administration was weighing a response to the Syrian government after it violated President Barack Obama's "red line" for its use of chemical weapons, Trump argued that the United States should "stay the hell out of Syria" and criticized the administration for "broadcasting" its strategy.

"This has coincided with a request from the Syrian Arab Republic and the Russian Federation to investigate the allegations of chemical weapons use in Douma". It was not immediately clear whether that visit might affect any USA or allied military action.

He said whoever is found responsible will be held accountable.



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