Rescuers Treat Dozens in Syria Chemical Attack
Haley told an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council called to discuss the attack on a rebel-held town in Idlib province.
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley strongly condemned Russian Federation and the Syrian government Wednesday over the chemical weapons attack on civilians, suggesting that the US is open to using military action to solve the country's ongoing civil war.
A day earlier, President Donald Trump split the blame between Syria's embattled leader and former President Barack Obama for the country's worst chemical weapons attack in years.
Again, the Damascus attack in 2013 killed upwards of a thousand people, mainly women and children, and Trump couldn't have been clearer at the time about opposing intervention.
Russian Federation has the power to veto it, which it has done to block all previous resolutions that would harm Assad, most recently in February.France's foreign minister said the chemical attack showed Assad was testing whether the new USA administration would stand by Obama-era demands that he be removed from power."It's a test". Representatives from 70 countries were present.
The attack on Khan Sheikhoun killed dozens of people on Tuesday, leaving residents gasping for breath and convulsing in the streets. Videos from the scene showed volunteer medics using firehoses to wash the chemicals from victims' bodies and lifeless children being piled in heaps.
The U.N. Security Council was to hold an emergency meeting Wednesday on the attack, which activists say was one of the worst in the country's six-year civil war, in which almost 400,000 people have been killed and half of Syria's population has been displaced.
Opposition activists and a doctor in Idlib said this was the worst incident since the 2013 toxic gas attack on the Damascus suburb of Ghouta that killed hundreds of civilians.
Asked how he plans to respond to the attack he blames on Syrian President Bashar Assad, Trump said, "You'll see".
"Eight patients showed symptoms -- including constricted pupils, muscle spasms and involuntary defecation -- which are consistent with exposure to a neurotoxic agent such as sarin gas or similar compounds", the statement says. "The symptoms of those affected in Khan Sheikhoun were the same as those by people who were affected a year ago in Aleppo".
But what was President Trump's first reaction to these crimes by Assad?
The attacks have overwhelmed local medical facilities which are "unequipped to handle chemical attacks of this magnitude", the UOSSM stated.
He also blamed Western members of the UNSC for unwillingness to investigate previous cases of alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria, where rebel groups were accused of using toxin agents.
Haley spoke after Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova announced Moscow's opposition to the draft resolution.
It said the deaths were caused when a Syrian air strike hit a "terrorist warehouse" used for making bombs containing "toxic substances", and pledged to continue its military support for Assad.
Israeli defense officials said Wednesday that military intelligence officers believed government forces were behind the attack.
If it is true that Syria is once again using nerve agents, Kaszeta says it would be a huge strike against the worldwide system of treaties and inspections created to prevent the use of chemical weapons.
European Union president Donald Tusk said Assad's government bore "primary responsibility for the atrocities", adding "all those who support the regime share the moral and political responsibility".
Assad will be watching to see if that's the extent of Trump's response, experts say.
The Syrian military has denied responsibility. United Nations investigators visit the sites and determine that ground-to-ground missiles loaded with sarin were fired on civilian areas while residents slept.
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