Russian Federation dismisses allegations of Syria chemical attack as "fake news"

Russian Federation dismisses allegations of Syria chemical attack as

Russian Federation dismisses allegations of Syria chemical attack as "fake news"

"I'd like to begin by condemning the heinous attack on innocent Syrians with banned chemical weapons", Trump said.

Much of the commentary in Iranian media has focused on the hawkish John Bolton becoming President Donald Trump's national security adviser on April 9 and what this might mean in terms of possible USA military action against Syria.

The line-up among the worldwide parties involved in the Syrian conflict - France, Iraq, Lebanon, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the United States, as well as the Kurds - also bears on what happens next in Syria.

The cause of the explosion was not immediately apparent, but the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 13 people had been killed and another 80 wounded.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson spoke by telephone with acting USA secretary of state John Sullivan and, according to London, they agreed that "this attack bore hallmarks of previous chemical weapons attacks by the Assad regime". It also agreed to release prisoners in accordance with the regime's demand.

One year ago, President Trump ordered a United States missile strike in Syria in response to a chemical weapons attack that killed 80 civilians, including women and small children.

Russian Federation said a U.S. military strike against Syria would have "grave repercussions" and stressed that the use of chlorine or sarin had not been confirmed in the attack Saturday in Douma.

United States ambassador Nikki Haley accused Russian Federation of having "the blood of Syrian children" on its hands after Mr Trump said that "nothing's off the table" in dealing with the alleged outrage.

So, how likely is it that President Trump will respond with tougher action against Russian Federation and Syrian President Assad this time? These include the use of sarin at Khan al-Assal in 2013 and a gas attack in Khan Sheikhoun last October, which killed at least 74 people.

"I think that tells you something about what the rules of engagement were at the time", Cafarella said.

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French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Sunday condemned the Syrian regime's continued siege of Douma and the bombings over the past 24 hours, which are "in flagrant violation of worldwide humanitarian law".

France accused Russian Federation of having a hand in the attack on Douma that drew global outrage.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said it was investigating the allegations but that so far only a "preliminary analysis" had taken place.

"Children are dying before our eyes", said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore.

Iran is a staunch ally of the Syrian government, and has deployed forces and assets inside Syria, including a network of pro-government fighters it uses as shock troops in battles with Syrian rebels.

Since the very first times of the Syrian civil war, the capital, Damascus, was surrounded by the opposition groups. A United Nations investigation confirms the use of sarin gas delivered by rockets. "Here we are in a world where chemical weapons use is becoming normalized, from an Indonesian airport to an English village to the homes and hospitals of Syria".

Like past reports of alleged chemical attacks on the rebel-controlled enclave, the worldwide reaction has been polarised.

The U.N. Security Council planned to hold an emergency meeting Monday to discuss the chemical attack.

Moscow has said its experts have not found "any trace of chlorine or any other chemical substance used against civilians".

He also told the Council that Moscow has warned the US of grave repercussions if it carries out strikes against Syrian forces. More than 500 people showed symptoms consistent with a chemical attack, he said.

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