Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

France 'has proof' Assad used chemical weapons

France 'has proof' Assad used chemical weapons

He said if there were strikes they would not target the Syrian government's allies or anybody in particular, but would be aimed at the Syrian government's chemical facilities.

He also noted that France had proof that chemical weapons were used "by the regime of Bashar al-Assad".

In Russia, Syria's main military ally, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov urged against "any steps which could lead to an escalation of tensions".

President Trump warned Russian Federation on Wednesday to "get ready" for a missile attack on its Syrian ally, but tweeted Thursday that it may come "very soon or not so soon at all!"

Macron did not describe the evidence or say how France got it.

French President Emmanuel Macron said France has proof the Syrian government was behind the suspected chemical attack last week in Douma, but added that he would decide whether to intervene once all the necessary information had been gathered.

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Merkel, who spoke with Macron by telephone, told him that she was concerned that the global community's ability to enforce a ban on the use of chemical weapons was eroding.

Syria and its ally Russian Federation have both denied involvement amid worldwide outrage over Saturday's incident.

"Our teams have been working on this all week and we will need to take decisions in due course, when we judge it most useful and effective", Macron told broadcaster TF1.

"France will not allow any escalation that could harm the stability of the region as a whole but we can't let regimes that think they can do everything they want, including the worst things that violate worldwide law, to act", Macron said.

US President Donald Trump, who said on Wednesday that missiles were "coming", has now tweeted that he "never said when".

France is poised to join punitive strikes on Syria over the alleged use of chemical weapons. In his latest tweet, he wrote that an attack on Syria could come very soon or not so soon at all. "Could be very soon or not so soon at all!"

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The Russian Ambassador to the United Nations urged the U.S. and its allies to refrain from military action against Syria.

Douma was the last major rebel stronghold near Damascus.

Since Saturday, several thousand rebels and civilians have left Douma for opposition-held territory in the north of Syria.

Moscow, which offers military support to the Syrian regime, has warned of a possible Russian response to a USA attack. Syria's official SANA news agency reported.

The Syrian president added that the threats endanger global peace and security and that military action would only contribute to the "further destabilization" of the region.

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