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Syrian air defence shoots down missiles over Homs: state media

17 Апреля 2018, 06:49 | Taylor George

President Putin has demanded an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council Alexey Nikolsky Sputnik Kremlin

President Putin has demanded an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council

The lack of access to the town of Douma by inspectors from the watchdog group, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, has left questions about the April 7 attack unanswered.

"Russia has fully restored the air defense system of Syria, and it continues to improve it over the last six months", he said.

The Trump administration hopes to make it clear that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and his allies will pay a price for their use of chemical weapons.

Following recent Airstrikes in Syria, local representatives in Congress are responding to the United State's action to punish President Bashar Assad for a suspected chemical attack against civilians.

He said the inspectors can not access the site because it needs permission from United Nations security experts.

Doctors and aid organisations on the ground reported strong smells of chlorine, and described symptoms consistent with exposure to sarin, the senior United States officials said. "We have not denied the team any request for it to go to Douma".

"It is long overdue that this council condemns the Syrian government for its reign of chemical terror and demands worldwide accountability of those responsible for these heinous acts", Ward added.

MPs are considering Parliament's role in approving military action in Syria after Theresa May authorised air strikes without consulting them. Government forces and Russian troops have been deployed in Douma, which is now controlled by the Syrian government.

In the wake of Friday's American-led airstrikes on Syria, the sanctions come as a punishment against Russian Federation for enabling Syria to use chemical weapons in its civil war.

"I can guarantee that Russian Federation has not tampered with the site", Lavrov told the BBC in an interview Monday.

The inspectors met Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad in the presence of Russian officers and a senior Syrian security official in Damascus for about three hours on Sunday.

Morocco has deplored the deterioration of the situation in the Middle East, including last week's military escalation in Syria, and has said that "military options" will not only make quest for political solutions hard but will deepen civilian suffering and "heighten anti-West sentiment".

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After the most recent attack in Douma that killed about 75 people, Alkhadi rushed to contact relatives still living in Syria, who told her the situation is awful. The OPCW team does not have a mandate to assign blame for the attack.

According to the Pentagon, US intelligence had established that the base was the launchpad for the alleged chemical attack.

The operation, which was led by the United States, was undertaken in response to a devastating chemical attack in the rebel-controlled Damascus suburb of Douma, which killed dozens of people earlier this month.

"The alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria can not be a justification for military airstrikes in a territory of a sovereign state without the authorisation of the UNSC".

Israel described the strikes as an "important signal" to Iran, Syria and the Iran-backed Hezbollah.

Rehab Alkhadi is a Syrian American living in Chicago. They also set off fireworks and unleashed celebratory gunfire.

In March 2011, around the time the Arab Spring pro-democracy demonstrations were sweeping across the Middle East, similar protests broke out in Syria. It was one of those attacks this month that led to the joint action by the U.S., France and the United Kingdom last weekend.

Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, said troops would not be removed until ISIS was defeated, chemical weapons no longer threatened U.S. interests and it could ensure the monitoring of Iranian activity.

The Group of Seven leading industrialized nations has issued a joint statement endorsing the USA -led air strikes in Syria.

On Sunday, Maas said Germany would work with the US, UK and France to discuss next steps following Saturday's airstrikes against chemical weapons facilities in Syria.

Douma was the last rebel holdout in the eastern Ghouta enclave, which was the target of a government offensive in February and March that killed hundreds and displaced tens of thousands of people.

Syrian state TV acknowledged early Tuesday that the reported attack on a Syrian air base outside Homs was a false alarm, not outside aggression.

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