Airlines Warned To Exercise Caution Ahead Of Possible Strikes In Syria

Syrian government forces backed by Russia have pounded Eastern Ghouta in recent months

Syrian government forces backed by Russia have pounded Eastern Ghouta in recent months

The U.S. -Russia tension runs high over the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria, while the U.S. seems banging the drums of war in Syria using the same old pretext of chemical weapons. Victims were foaming from the mouth and nose, some were twitching, others had abnormal pupils, and they emitted a powerful smell of chlorine, according to medical workers on the scene.

A Security Council diplomat earlier said the United States was pushing for a vote on the resolution by Tuesday, but no vote had been formally requested by late Monday.

Theresa May joined the USA president, Donald Trump, and the French leader, Emmanuel Macron, on Tuesday in warning they would respond to the Syrian gas attack in order to uphold the global ban on the use of chemical weapons.

Trump had on Monday warned of a quick, forceful response once responsibility for the Syria attack was established.

Haley also said Russian Federation was to blame for blocking a United Nations resolution pushing for a cease-fire in Syria's bloody civil war, as well as a mechanism to investigate chemical weapons attacks.

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said "there are Russians present in large numbers in Syria, and Russia will do everything to protect its people on Syrian soil".

The veto comes after the US Ambassador to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation described Syrian President Bashar al Assad's actions as genocide, and said Russian Federation was propping him up.

"It will be met, and it will be met forcefully", Trump said before meeting with senior military leaders late Monday.

"This has coincided with the request from the Syrian Arab Republic and the Russian Federation to investigate the allegations of chemical weapons use in Douma", OPCW said.

A Russian resolution that would have created a new expert body to determine responsibility for the chemical weapons attacks was also rejected. The government of President Bashar Assad has denied using poison gas.

"We would call upon them to do that but I think a military response is appropriate".

Trump's new national security adviser, John Bolton, advocated that Trump stay in Washington in the aftermath of the attack, said one of the officials.

The United States is looking to the UK and France for support as it finalises its response to the assault on the rebel-held town of Douma.

But the incident has thrust Syria's seven-year-old conflict back to the forefront of global concern.

The AFP news agency quoted French government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux as saying on Tuesday that "if a red line had been crossed, there will be a response", adding that intelligence shared by the French and U.S. leaders "in theory confirms the use of chemical weapons".

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