Israel condemns Syria over gas attack, warns on chemical capabilities

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Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said there was no threat of the situation in Syria resulting in a military clash between Russia and the US.

"We can not allow atrocities like that". Pressed Monday on whether those plans still stand, Trump simply told reporters: "We're gonna make a decision on all of that, in particular Syria, we'll be making that decision very quickly, probably by the end of today". Next time, says Ret. Navy Adm. "We just have to hope that Moscow will not overreact when the strikes come".

The Syrian government and Russian Federation vehemently deny involvement and accuse rebel groups of fabricating the attack claims to hinder the army's advances and provoke global military intervention.

Trump has also promised time and time again that he doesn't telegraph U.S. military moves because doing so gives the enemy an unnecessary advantage.

A team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is due to deploy to Syria "shortly" to determine whether banned weapons were used in Douma.

She added: "Meetings are ongoing".

Meanwhile, President Trump is weighing a possible military response. It said the two leaders had agreed, "The Assad regime must be held accountable for its continued human rights abuses", and pledged to "coordinate a strong, joint response".

Speaking with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian on the phone, Johnson "underlined the urgent need to investigate what had happened in Douma and to ensure a strong and robust worldwide response", the Foreign Office said in a statement. "But, we are also working with our allies on any action that is necessary".

Mrs May, who spoke to President Macron on Tuesday morning, sidestepped questions about whether Britain would be involved in military action during a visit to Cambridge. The US defence secretary, Jim Mattis said that nothing was off the table in terms of military action. He said they were women and children who thought they would be safe there.


Tass in a news story out of the northern Syria city of Homs quoted lawmaker Dmitry Sablin refuting reports that Assad may have fled Syria.

"If it's Russian Federation, if it's Syria, if it's Iran, if it's all of them together, we'll figure it out and we'll know the answers quite soon", he told reporters earlier on Monday. "He'll pay a price".

The Syrian government and its backer Russian Federation deny that chemical weapons were used.

Mr Johnson discussed the situation with acting USA secretary of state John Sullivan twice on Monday. He further said that they are ready to take some decisions within the "next 24-48 hours".

Putin sent troops into Syria in 2015 to protect its most strategically important military base in the Middle East and defend and prop up the teetering regime of Bashar al Assad - a long-time ally. Others were found suffocated in their homes, according to first responders.

The politician said the Syrian government was expecting a limited strike, similar to the one on Shayrat air base last year, referring to last year's United States attack on the central air base of Shayrat in the central province of Homs following a chemical weapons attack on northern Syria that Washington blamed on the government.

Sarin was also detected in an April 2017 attack on the northwestern town of Khan Sheikhun that killed more than 80 people.

Trump suggested Monday he had little doubt that Syrian government forces were to blame for what he said was a chemical attack, but neither he nor other administration officials have produced hard evidence.

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