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Syrian government raises flag in Douma: Russian agencies

14 Avril 2018

"We are not seeking escalation".

The White House has said that Trump holds Assad's regime and its military backers Russian Federation responsible for an alleged attack on Douma on Saturday, which rescue workers said killed more than 40 people.

Syria joined Russian Federation in denouncing Mr Trump's threat to attack the country, saying his words were "reckless" and endangered worldwide peace and security. But he tweeted Thursday that it may come "very soon or not so soon at all!"

Russia's envoy to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov said his country has warned the USA against striking Syria, stating that "Russia has warned US representatives, publicly as well as through proper channels, over the grave consequences that could arise if these strikes happen and whether deliberately or otherwise Russian citizens are hurt". At a photo-taking session during a Pentagon meeting with his Dutch counterpart, Mr. Mattis was asked by a reporter whether he had seen enough evidence to blame the Syrian government. The only goal of this action is to accuse the Syrian authorities as well as Russian Federation of committing this crime and use it as a pretext for armed intervention against legitimate Syrian government.

It seems that any U.S. strike on Syria-which still appears highly likely-will occur in conjunction with France and Britain.

Two US government sources told Reuters the United States still did not have 100 percent solid evidence of what nerve agent was used in Syria and where it came from. Local activists say the main leaders of the group that held it have left, following an agreement between Russian Federation and the rebels.

In Moscow, the head of a Russian parliamentary defence committee, Vladimir Shamanov, said Russia was in direct contact with the US Joint Chiefs of Staff about the situation.

Britain has been launching air strikes in Syria from its military base in Cyprus, but only against targets linked to the Islamic State militant group.

Possibly, Trump is "considering military options" that would "inflict costs on Russian Federation and Iran directly" and "will not limit" United States strikes to Syrian targets, she suggested.

US President Donald Trump was mulling his options and British Prime Minister Theresa May called an emergency cabinet meeting Thursday, as the Syrian army braced for Western strikes, hiding assets and deserting key buildings.

Macron said Thursday that France would not tolerate "regimes that think everything is permitted".

Yesterday, President Trump hit out at Russia's support of the Assad regime in Syria after a suspected chemical attack in the city of Douma - which left dozens dead - provoked global outrage.

"Parliament should always be given a say on any military action", he told the BBC.

"We should all be outraged at these horrific reports and images from Douma", Peter Salama, WHO Deputy Director-General for Emergency Preparedness and Response said, referreing to reports from the agency's health cluster partners - a WHO-led team of 118 national and global nongovernmental organizations, United Nations agencies, national authorities and donors working inside Syria to provide emergency and trauma care, as well as basic health services.

"What we don't want is bombardment which leads to escalation and leads to a hot war between Russian Federation and America over the skies of Syria".

In its statement, the Foreign Ministry, repeated its line that Washington's allegations were "unsubstantiated" and that the alleged chemical attack is being used as a pretext to target Syria.

Qatar and the USA see "eye to eye", the emir said, adding "we can't tolerate a war criminal, someone who killed 500,000 of his own people". The Syrian government denies responsibility.

"We will need to take decisions in due course, when we judge it most useful and effective", Macron said, adding that all the necessary verifications had to be carried out first.

President Donald Trump was evasive Thursday about when the United States might attack Syria in retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons assault, saying it could be "very soon or not so soon at all!"

One way to ensure Al Assad can not use such weapons is to conduct strikes on his chemical infrastructure, including by targeting factories and weapons holding areas.

Syrian government raises flag in Douma: Russian agencies