Chemical attack kills 22 members of a single family in Syria

Investigators have rushed to Turkey to examine survivors of the chemical attack in neighboring Syria and collect samples that could reveal the nature of the toxins, the means of delivery and, ultimately, who was responsible for one of the war's most disturbing atrocities. "The repeated use of such weapons must be answered".

While the Syrian government denied the attack and its Russian ally suggested the toxic agents were released when a bomb hit a rebel chemical weapons arsenal, the US government responded with a barrage of 59 cruise missiles against Shayrat air base in central Syria that apparently had been used in the gas attack.

"I appreciate the worldwide community have wanted to wait for the full due process and the full chain of evidence", said Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, a former British army chemical weapons expert and director of Doctors Under Fire.

Rebels have denied that there were any military positions in the area targeted in Tuesday's air strike. "In fact, we were prepared to do more two days ago", McMaster said.

Loud explosions have been heard in central Syria, close to the site of Tuesday's deadly chemical attack that killed 86 people dead.

He said the best outcome would be a peace agreement that leads to a transitional government accepted by all Syrians, followed by elections in which all Syrians, including those living overseas, could vote for new leadership.

Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian leader who has withstood his country's uprising since March 2011 and plunged into a grinding conflict, remains in power due largely to Russian and Iranian military support. Speaking Thursday on Air Force One, Trump said the attack "shouldn't have happened, and it shouldn't be allowed to happen".

Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, on Friday warned that the United States is "prepared to do more" in Syria. Rushing outside to check on his parents next door, Youssef passed people staggering and falling in the street, the news report said.

We buried them. I took Ahmed and Aya and buried them with my brothers.

"Firstly, I'd like to thank President Trump and the US administration on the initial steps they took against the airport that killed my children and all the martyrs".

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor, said seven Syrian military personnel had been killed in the strike. Videos from the scene showed volunteer medics using fire hoses to wash the chemicals from victims' bodies.

Turkish experts carry a victim of alleged chemical weapons attacks in Syrian city of Idlib, at a local hospital in Reyhanli, Hatay, Turkey.

World Health Organization experts took part in the autopsies in the Turkish city of Adana late Wednesday, Turkish media reported. It said it would allow the OPCW to take samples for its own investigation to The Hague, Netherlands.

"If this intervention is limited only to an air base, if it does not continue and if we don't remove the regime from heading Syria, then this would remain a cosmetic intervention", he said.

  • Joanne Flowers