Syria ‘chemical attack’: Trump cancels Latin America trip

Media captionThe US boss has pronounced “nothing’s off a table” – so what options are on a table?

US President Donald Trump has cancelled his initial central outing to Latin America to concentration on a emanate of a suspected chemical conflict in Syria.

He will sojourn in Washington to “oversee a American response to Syria”, a White House said.

Meanwhile, a tellurian chemical weapons watchdog has pronounced it will send a fact-finding group to a site in Douma.

Medical sources contend dozens were killed in a purported conflict there, though accurate numbers are unfit to verify.

The Organisation for a Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) pronounced a group would muster to Syria “shortly”.

It comes after Syria and a troops backer, Russia, both pronounced they wanted to promote a revisit by inspectors. Syria denies being behind any chemical attack.

US Vice-President Mike Pence will transport in President Trump’s place for a Latin America trip, that starts in Peru for a Summit of a Americas.

Later on Tuesday, a UN Security Council will opinion on competing US and Russian breeze resolutions on a Syria incident. The US wants a new row to be set adult that would examine and dispense censure for chemical attacks in Syria though Russia is expected to halt a proposal.

Will there be a troops strike?

Mr Trump has affianced a “forceful” response, and has oral of countless troops options.

Last April, after a Sarin haughtiness deputy conflict killed some-more than 80 people in a Syrian antithesis hold town, Mr Trump systematic a banishment of dozens of journey missiles during a Syrian supervision atmosphere bottom from US Navy ships in a Mediterranean.

It was a initial approach US troops movement opposite army ordered by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Since Saturday’s incident, Washington has been in contention with Britain and France, lifting a awaiting of mutual Western troops action.

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Mr Trump’s preference to cancel his Latin America outing suggests a US response might engage a incomparable troops operation than a singular strike, says a BBC’s Barbara Plett Usher in Washington.

The AFP news group quoted French supervision orator Benjamin Griveaux as observant on Tuesday that “if a red line had been crossed, there will be a response”, adding that comprehension common by a dual leaders “in speculation confirms a use of chemical weapons”.

Media captionUnverified video shows children being treated after a purported gas attack

The US and France have not expelled justification to support their assessments of a purported attack.

Neither a genocide fee nor what accurately occurred can be accurate as a area is blocked off with entrance denied.

Russia has warned during a UN Security Council that US troops movement could have “grave repercussions”.

What happened on Saturday?

Syrian antithesis activists, rescue workers and medics lay that bombs filled with poisonous chemicals were forsaken on Douma, in a Eastern Ghouta region, nearby a collateral Damascus, by Syrian supervision forces.

The Syrian-American Medical Society pronounced some-more than 500 people were brought to medical centres with symptoms “indicative of bearing to a chemical agent”.

It pronounced this enclosed respirating difficulties, bluish skin, mouth foaming, corneal browns and “the glimmer of chlorine-like odour”.

The estimates of how many people died in a suspected chemical conflict operation from 42 to some-more than 60 people, though medical groups contend numbers could arise as rescue workers benefit entrance to basements where hundreds of families had sought retreat from bombing.

The French deputy during a UN Security Council pronounced poison gas had deliberately been used as it could trickle down to a basements.