Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Syrian town attacked with sarin, killing 70 and affecting thousands

Syrian town attacked with sarin, killing 70 and affecting thousands

- Diplomats and scientists tell Reuters that the Syrian government's chemical weapons stockpile has been linked for the first time by lab tests to the largest sarin nerve agent attack of the civil war. "Big price to pay", he said via Twitter.

Tom Bossert, Trump's homeland security and counterterrorism adviser, told ABC's "This Week" the White House would not rule out launching another missile attack and called photos of the incident "horrible".

Both the Syrian and Russian governments denied any involvement in the alleged chemical attack on Sunday.

But Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov snapped back at Trump, saying allegations that the Syrian regime carried out the attack are a provocation.

Iran, another ally, also defended the Syrian regime. The guided missile destroyer is armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles, the weapon of choice in a USA attack one year ago on an airfield in Syria following an alleged sarin gas attack on civilians. "The European Union condemns in the strongest terms the use of chemical weapons and calls for an immediate response by the worldwide community".

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) condemned the latest attack calling it a violation of global law.

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A meeting on the attack was requested by the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Poland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Kuwait, Peru and Cote d'Ivoire.

The Pentagon denied any U.S. involvement, but analysts say Trump's remarks, which come exactly a year after he ordered a missile strike in response to a deadly sarin gas attack, suggets another assault is likely.

Violence resumed days after hundreds of opposition fighters and their relatives left Douma toward rebel-held areas in northern Syria.

The European Union said earlier that evidence pointed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces being behind the attack. The Russian Foreign Ministry denounced the latest reports about a chemical attack that allegedly affected dozens of civilians in the militant-controlled town of Douma.

"Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria", he said.

The bombing resulted in significant damage to the city's medical capacity, as "several medical points and ambulance teams" were targeted.

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Medics said chlorine could be smelled on children who turned blue in the face as they gasped for breath.

Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Director-General Ahmet Uzumcu expressed "grave concern" over the latest use of toxic gas and launched an investigation.

Yet another such fabricated piece of information about an alleged chemical attack in Douma appeared yesterday.

He added: "These latest reports must urgently be investigated and the global community must respond".

Whitehall sources confirmed the United Kingdom was "not ruling anything out nor in" but acknowledged there were "political issues" around securing parliamentary support for British involvement after MPs voted against strikes following a chemical attack in 2013.

The ministry said the allegations have been planned beforehand to prolong the lives of the "terrorists" in Douma.

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Pope Francis also condemned chemical attacks against civilians in a special appeal during Sunday's service in St Peter's Square in the Vatican.

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