At UN Meeting, Haley Says US Will Respond To Syria Attack

Marsha Scott
April 10, 2018

The estimates of how many people died in the suspected chemical attack range from 42 to more than 60 people, but medical groups say numbers could rise as rescue workers gain access to basements where hundreds of families had sought refuge from bombing. "Syrian state TV quoted an unnamed military official as saying that Israeli F-15 warplanes fired several missiles at T4", an AP report said. Trump promised a response even if his administration decides that Russian Federation is responsible.

U.S. intelligence officials said they believed a chemical attack did take place but that Washington was still gathering information. "And if he does it's going to be very tough, very tough".

"Everybody's gonna pay a price", he said. "He will. Everybody will".

Rebel leaders in Syria say dozens of people were killed in the apparent chemical attack in Douma, Syria.

"We must not overlook Russian and Iran's roles in the murderous destruction", she said. "We are very concerned when a thing like that can happen".

Iran is a staunch ally of the Syrian government, and has deployed forces and assets inside Syria, including a network of pro-government fighters it uses as shock troops in battles with Syrian rebels. But it said the suffocations were the result of shelters collapsing on people inside them. "To me there is not much of a doubt, but the generals will figure it out".

Both Trump and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said "nothing is off the table". Western allies have looked to increase pressure on the Kremlin for its relationship with Mr Assad, as calls increase for co-ordinated worldwide action over the alleged chemical attack. "Russia and Iran have military advisers at Assad's air field and operations centers. Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it completely inaccessible to outside world", Trump had tweeted.

So, how likely is it that President Trump will respond with tougher action against Russian Federation and Syrian President Assad this time? Another humanitarian disaster for no reason whatsoever.

"A red-line has likely been crossed again by Assad. Animal Assad would have been history!" "The monster who was responsible for these attacks has no conscience".

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Prime Minister Theresa May said that the United Kingdom was considering what action was necessary in response to the "barbaric" attack which has left at least 40 people, including children, dead. Chilling videos and photos of bodies of children killed or injured by the attack spread over the Internet this weekend.

SAMS does not suggest which party was responsible for the attack.

Global bodies led by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) were trying to establish exactly what happened in Douma, a rebel-held town in the eastern Ghouta district.

President Emmanuel Macron warned in February that France would strike Syria if it broke treaties prohibiting chemical weapons.

Tensions between the US and Russian Federation have intensified following the attack.

"This is more about his use of chemical weapons than it is the outcome of the war", said Andrew Tabler, an analyst at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Douma is one of the opposition's last strongholds near the capital, and had come under heavy bombardment by Syrian government and allied forces in recent weeks.

"The responses from the USA and its allies were equally stern and gloomy, so certainly there is a level of debate within the council that is possibly more abrasive, more confrontational and less constructive than we've heard before".

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