Trump to discuss fatal Syria attack with military leadership
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 14, 2018,
Apr 14, 2018, 15:26
FRESH airstrikes hit rebel-held areas of Syria's Eastern Ghouta on Sunday, a monitor said, after more than 80 people were killed in weekend raids including an alleged chemical attack denounced by the United States.
The April 7 attack took place in a rebel-held town near Damascus, the capital, amid a resumed offensive by Syrian government forces after the collapse of a truce.
An official with the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations (UOSSM) told CNN that doctors in eastern Ghouta have told him they were seeing patients who were convulsing from side to side and some appeared to be paralyzed and unresponsive. It warned of "dire consequences" in the event of any military interference.
Following the reports of the chemical's release, Russian Federation and the Syrian military said Israel fired missiles at a major air base - known as T4 - in central Syria, killing 14 people including three Iranians.
A European diplomat said Western allies would work on building a dossier based on photos, videos, witness testimony and satellite images of Syrian flights and helicopters.
Now, a month later, we have the Douma chemical weapons attack, followed by an Israeli airstrike on a Syrian military facility in Homs, confirming yet again that Israel under Netanyahu is a rogue state, unbound by any legal or moral constraint. Trump threatened that there would be a "big price to pay" for the deaths.
The spread of bogus stories about the use of chlorine and other poisonous substances by (Syrian) government forces continues.
A 2013 chemical attack in eastern Ghouta that killed hundreds of people was widely blamed on government forces.
Basel Termanini, the US-based vice president of SAMS, told Reuters another 35 people, majority women and children, had been killed at a nearby apartment building. He said that he wasn't asked for an opinion regarding the matter by the US President.
The situation is being discussed on Monday by the UN Security Council - a group of countries that work together to try to bring peace - and the European Union has called for an "immediate response by the worldwide community".
In recent months, Ankara has been working closely with Russian Federation and Iran in a bid to bring an end to the seven-year conflict. The pro-opposition Ghouta Media Centre said over 75 people had "suffocated" while a further thousand people had suffered.
"Investigators from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) looking into reports of chemical weapons use in Syria have our full support".
The release of detainees in Douma, eastern Ghouta, came two days after a deadly chemical attack on the town killed at least 70 people, many of them children.
He also alleged a "provocation" had been prepared to blame the regime for an attack.
Saudi Arabia voiced "deep concern" and condemned the chemical attack.
US President Donald Trump on Sunday said there will be a "big price to pay" after what he called a "mindless CHEMICAL attack" in Syria, allegedly involving chlorine gas.
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The US has about 2,000 troops in Syria, where they advise local forces fighting ISIS.
The OPCW's fact-finding mission, which was already investigating the use of chemical weapons in Syria's civil war, was gathering all available material to establish whether chemical weapons were used, it said in a statement.