Johnson: Evidence points to Assad behind chemical attack in Syria

The United States, Britain and France have proposed a Security Council resolution to condemn the latest chemical weapons attack, and push Syria to provide an worldwide inquiry with flight plans and logs for Tuesday, the names of all helicopter squadron commanders and access to air bases.

Late Wednesday morning, while speaking at the United Nations, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley put Russian Federation on notice over its "false narrative" about Syria in light of the recent poison gas attack. Assad's government has always denied responsibility for that attack.

August 21, 2013: Hundreds of people suffocate to death in rebel-held suburbs of the Syrian capital, with many suffering from convulsions, pinpoint pupils, and foaming at the mouth.

Assad's government denied using chemical weapons in the air strikes, saying the country does not possess the munitions after agreeing to have them destroyed following a sarin attack that left hundreds dead in 2013.

"When you kill innocent children, innocent babies - babies, little babies - with a chemical gas that is so lethal, people were shocked to hear what gas it was, that crosses many, many lines", Trump said in the White House Rose Garden.

"The likelihood of exposure to a chemical attack is amplified by an apparent lack of external injuries reported in cases showing a rapid onset of similar symptoms, including acute respiratory distress as the main cause of death", it said.

The UK-based monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says around 20 children and 52 adults were killed in a nerve agent gas attack in the Idlib province on Tuesday (4 April).

He has previously said the United States and Russian Federation should work more closely in Syria to fight against Islamic State.

Diplomats were also meeting in Brussels for a major donors' conference on the future of Syria and the region.

Boris Johnson has said all evidence suggests Bashar al Assad forces were behind a chemical attack that killed dozens of people in Syria.

And Pope Francis said he had watched the events in Syria "with horror", deploring what he called an "unacceptable massacre".

Doctors in Syria who treated some of the victims told ABC News that they saw patients with pinpoint pupils, foaming at the mouth, loss of consciousness, slow breathing, running noses and other neurological symptoms consistent with chemical weapons.

He said chemical weapons produced by the factory were used in Iraq.

He acknowledged that now "I have that responsibility and I will carry it proudly".

A Syrian military source said last week allegations that government forces were using chemical weapons were "devoid of truth".

Soon after the attack, the UN Security Council scheduled an emergency meeting for Wednesday, which came ahead of a major worldwide donors' conference in Brussels on the future of Syria and the region.

"Just a few weeks ago, this council attempted to hold Assad accountable for suffocating his own people to death with toxic chemicals".

Donald Trump refused to say Wednesday what action the US might take against Assad.

"It's simply impossible to shame the Assad and (Russian President Vladimir) Putin regimes with words alone", said Sen.

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  • Salvatore Jensen