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Macron Says He Has Proof Of Syria 'Chemical Attack'

24 April 2018, 03:51 | Colleen Roy

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Macron and Verhofstadt

Fears of confrontation between Russian Federation and the West have been running high since Trump said on Wednesday that missiles "will be coming" after the suspected chemical weapons assault in the Syrian town of Douma on April 7, and lambasted Moscow for standing by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

"We can not tolerate the normalization of the use of chemical weapons", he said in a statement issued shortly after huge explosions were heard in Syria's capital early Saturday followed by the sound of airplanes overhead.

Macron has long called the use of chemical weapons in Syria a "red line" that would trigger French retaliation.

Meanwhile, Trump tweeted a clarification saying he had never said when the U.S. would attack Syria. "Could be very soon or not so soon at all!"

For both May and Macron, the strikes made good on their respective predecessors' pledges to retaliate over Syria's use of chemical weapons. "I say that as a friend of the United States and as a friend of the United Kingdom". "Where is our 'Thank you America?'" France is expected to join the United States and Britain in carrying out air strikes or some other form of attack in response to the use of the weapons but it remains unclear when that might happen or even if it definitely will.

European Council on Foreign Relations senior policy fellow Julien Barnes-Dacey said it was hard to see how the west could produce a wider strategy for Syria that allows for meaningful impact and limits escalation.




Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov urged against "any steps which could lead to an escalation of tensions".

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement that Canada stands with its allies and that it supports the decision " to take action to degrade the Assad regime's ability to launch chemical weapons attacks against its own people".

It remains hard to place an exact figure on the number of people killed and wounded Saturday in the rebel-held town of Douma, on the outskirts of Damascus.

PHOTO: This image released early Sunday, April 8, 2018 by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, shows a child receiving oxygen through respirators following an alleged poison gas attack in the rebel-held town of Douma, near Damascus, Syria.

First responders said more than 40 people died on Saturday after suffering symptoms consistent with chemical exposure, including wheezing, discoloured skin and foaming at the mouth.

"Our teams are working closely together", he said.



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