Syria ‘chemical attack’: Trump pledges ‘forceful’ US response

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

US President Donald Trump has betrothed a “forceful” response to a purported chemical conflict in Syria, as Western leaders cruise what movement to take.

“We have a lot of options militarily,” he told reporters. He combined that a response would be motionless “shortly”.

Mr Trump pronounced a US was removing some “good clarity” on who was obliged for a occurrence in Douma on Saturday.

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

Mr Trump also discussed a occurrence with French President Emmanuel Macron late on Monday, and both leaders voiced a enterprise for a “firm response”, a Elysee Palace said.

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”.

In Feb Mr Macron threatened to strike Syria if explanation emerged of a use of chemical weapons.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has pronounced she “utterly condemns” a “barbaric” purported chemical weapons conflict and called for backers of President Bashar al-Assad to be hold to account.

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The defamation from Western leaders follows a moving assembly during a UN Security Council in that a US and Russia traded oppressive difference over a incident.

Russian deputy Vassily Nebenzia pronounced a purported conflict was staged and warned that US infantry movement in response could have “grave repercussions”.

US attach� Nikki Haley pronounced Russia – a Syrian infantry devotee – had a “blood of Syrian children” on a hands and branded President Assad a “monster”.

Ms Haley has called for a opinion on Tuesday on a breeze fortitude to set adult a new exploration into a use of chemical weapons in Syria.

But Russia says it can't support a offer since it contains “unacceptable elements”.

What happened on Saturday?

The Syrian-American Medical Society pronounced some-more than 500 people were brought to medical centres in Douma, in a Eastern Ghouta region, nearby a collateral Damascus, 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”.

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

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

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.

The US, France and UK have led general defamation of a purported attack, with a Syrian supervision and a Russian backers denying any responsibility.

What did Russia contend during a UN?

Mr Nebenzia, presenting Russia’s box that rebels in Douma staged a eventuality for their possess ends, embellished a occurrence and a fallout as partial of a US-led bid to harm Russia with a “broad arsenal of methods”, including slander, insults and “hawkish rhetoric”.

In an indignant statement, he invited investigators from a Organisation for a Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to fly to Syria as shortly as Tuesday, observant that Russian infantry would chaperon them to a site of a purported attack.

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Moscow has pronounced a experts have not found “any snippet of chlorine or any other chemical piece used opposite civilians”.

Mr Nebenzia pronounced a tinge taken opposite Russia had left over what was excusable even during a Cold War and warned opposite a US infantry response.

“Armed force underneath untrue stratagem opposite Syria, where, during a ask of a legitimate supervision of a country, Russian infantry have been deployed, could lead to grave repercussions,” he said.

What is a wider context?

Tensions between Russia and a West have plunged to their misfortune turn in decades, following a poisoning in Mar of an ex-spy in England that a UK blamed on Moscow, and purported Russian division in a 2016 US election.

The poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with what a British supervision says was a military-grade Novichok haughtiness representative of a form grown by Russia led to a mass exclusion of Russian diplomats by Western allies, to that Moscow responded in kind.