Macron, Trump discuss alleged gas attack in Syria over phone

A child affected by an alleged chemical attack in Syria over the weekend.                        Syria Civil Defense White Helmets via APTN

Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona said Assad heard Trump's signal that he wanted to withdraw from Syria and, "emboldened by American inaction", launched the attack.

The war in Syria has sucked in fighters from around the world, as well as global powers including Iran, Israel, Russia, Turkey and the United States, all of which are seeking to advance their interests in the Middle East while avoiding direct confrontations with the others. It gave no further details.

In February, Israel confirmed that it had targeted the same airfield in Homs, after an Iranian drone entered Israeli airspace.

Right now it is unclear exactly who was responsible for the chemical attack in Douma, if, indeed, there was one.

US President Donald Trump has promised a "forceful" response to the alleged chemical attack in Syria, as Western leaders consider what action to take. "People and families and friends of them are just being targeted on a daily basis", Al Bardan said.

Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said Moscow had told the United States that it would not allow its forces on the ground in Syria to be put at risk.

They cited potential strikes against bases including Dumayr air base, which is home to Syrian Mi-8 helicopters and has been linked in social media to the strike in Douma.

Rami Abdurrahman, the Observatory's chief, said the assault targeted a mobile air defense unit and some buildings inside the air base.

His excited expressions came shortly after he declared his will to pull out the USA troops from Syria.

In April past year, Trump ordered air raids on Syrian government facilities in the wake of a chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun , a rebel-held town, which killed at least 80 people.

It comes a year after 90 civilians were killed with a sarin nerve agent at Khan Sheikhoun.




President Donald Trump said Monday he was weighing how to respond to the attack.

On Sunday, Trump warned Iran and Russian Federation that there would be a "big price to pay" for backing the "animal Assad".

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". Monday was the first day on the job for Bolton, who has previously advocated military action against Syria. The ministry claims to have found no trace of poisonous substances. Syrian opposition activists and rescuers said Sunday that a poison gas attack on a rebel-held town near the capital. Eastern Ghouta's main town of Douma remains under rebel control but even as a trickle of emergency medical evacuations was scheduled to continue, the regime continued to pound the enclave.

Trump said a major decision from his administration was coming as early as Monday.

Initially pointing the finger at Washington, state news agency SANA said the missiles had hit the T-4 airbase in central Syria.

"Working with our allies and partners from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to Qatar and elsewhere we are going to address this issue", Defense Secretary Gen. James Mattis said.

"Those responsible must be held to account", Thomas Markram, deputy to UN Undersecretary-General for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu, told the Security Council.

What are the consequences if Trump does not respond militarily and pulls United States troops out of Syria too soon?

April 7, 2018: A suspected chemical attack kills at least 40 people in Douma.

More than 500 people, mostly women and children, were brought to medical centers complaining of difficulties breathing, foaming at the mouth and burning sensations in the eyes. It noted that some had blue skin - evidence of a lack of oxygen.

Syria says five of the eight missiles were shot down, with three hitting part of the base, and initially said it suspected the US of firing the missiles. The U.S. threatened military action but later backed down. The Syrian government has repeatedly blamed rebel groups for spreading false news in relation to such attacks, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said allegations of a chemical attack were false and a provocation.

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