Poison gas attack in Syria: Trump, May and Macron want to react together

France wants to decide within days with the United States and the United Kingdom on a response to the alleged poison gas attack in Syria. Trump said a trip.

Poison gas attack in Syria: Trump, May and Macron want to react together

After alleged poison gas attack in Syrian Duma, US president Donald Trump cancelled a planned multi-day trip to Peru and Colombia. Trump remained in United States to take care of US response to alleged poison gas attack in Syria, his spokeswoman, Sarah Sanders, shared. His defense minister, James Mattis, also said scheduled dates for weekend. The US government had not ruled out military action against Syrian government before. A decision will still fall in next 48 hours, Trump said on Monday. According to news agency AFP, US missile destroyer USS Donald Cook arrived in an area from which he could reach Syria.

Trump also agreed to a joint response with France's head of state Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May. All three of m had meanwhile spoken by telephone, shared respective press offices. Macron and Trump would have reaffirmed ir desire for a resolute response from international community. May and Trump agreed not to allow furr chemical weapons operations in Syria.

In case of a military strike against Syria, according to French government, chemical weapons of Syrian government would be target. French President Emmanuel Macron said after a meeting with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Paris, under no circumstances would allies of Syrian government, Russian or Iranian units, be attacked. France wanted "no escalation". In March, Macron had already referred to use of chemical weapons as a "red line" and threatened "targeted blows" if evidence was available for such a case.

Erdoğan threatens to face consequences

After threats, Syrian government forces and ir allies are on alert, reported Syrian Human Rights Observatory. "The Syrian army is in full readiness at all military airports, large bases in Damascus and outskirts, in Homs and in coastal regions of Latakia and Tartu, for fear of possible attacks by US and or states," said Rami Abdel Rahman, head Observatory, DPA news agency. The information cannot be checked independently.

In addition to Trump and Macron, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has also threatened with consequences. "I curse those who have perpetrated massacres in Ostghuta and Duma. Whoever is responsible for this will definitely have a hard time, "said Erdoğan to AKP, his Islamic-conservative faction.

Russia and Syria demand OPCW investigation

At reported poison gas use in Duma on Saturday, at least 42 people should have been killed according to new, corrected information from aid organization White Helmets. More than 500 people were treated in hospitals. In a now deleted message on Twitter, aid organization had spoken of more than 150 deaths on Sunday. This information had been misleading and had been deleted, head of White Helmets, Raed Salah, informed.

The United States blames government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for alleged attack. Russia, on or hand, declared that rebels had only staged attack. Russia and Syria invited Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to an official investigation of attack; Russia guarantees security. On Tuesday evening, OPCW shared desire to send chemical weapons inspectors to Duma. The team prepares for an early departure.

UN staff in Syria could not confirm reports of attack. According to World Health Organization (WHO), people with respiratory problems have been treated in region in recent days.

Date Of Update: 11 April 2018, 12:02

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