'Chemical attack' in Syria draws global outrage

Rubio: Trump admin's actions encouraged horrific gas attack in Syria

He made the comment during an EU-hosted global conference on Syria which had been overshadowed by an apparent chemical weapons attack in Syria's Idlib province on Tuesday that left at least 72 people dead. Trump could also push Moscow to stop Syria's use of chemical weapons, he added.

After opening statements, Trump was asked about the written statement he released on Tuesday that pinned much of the blame for the chaos in Syria on the Obama administration's "weakness and irresolution", particularly concerning his predecessor's failure to intervene after drawing a "red line" regarding the use chemical weapons in 2012.

There have been more than 200 chemical weapon attacks in Syria during the six years of civil war in the country. He said the U.N.'s silence "legitimizes" the strategy.

Successive rounds of peace talks aimed at ending the ongoing civil war have failed to produce results, and Syria's opposition warned Tuesday that the attack cast doubt on the prospects for future negotiations.

Tillerson demanded Tuesday that Moscow and Tehran "exercise their influence over the Syrian regime and to guarantee this sort of horrific attack never happens again".

Both the UK and France have called for an emergency Security Council meeting at the United Nations in NY.

After a 2013 attack, the USA and Russian Federation brokered a deal in which Syria declared its chemical weapons arsenal and agreed to destroy it. The Security Council threatens to authorize the use of force in the event of non-compliance. The pictures were used in reporting of the alleged chemical weapons attack.

"Three years ago, "[Assad] used some, maybe all, of his chemical weapons as a poker chip, and gave that up for another chip that said, 'Don't bomb me", Kaszeta says. Rebels and opposition officials have expressed concerns that the government is planning to mount a concentrated attack on the crowded province.

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He says the strikes did not cause any casualties because the area had been evacuated following Tuesday's attack.

Russia fully supports the call by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to investigate the attack in Syria Idlib province, but it should be carried by experts on the spot rather than remotely, Russian Deputy Envoy to the United Nations Vladimir Safronkov told the UN Security Council on Wednesday.

Locals said the attack began in the early morning, when they heard planes in the sky followed by a series of loud explosions, after which people very quickly began to show symptoms.

- August 24, 2016: The joint OPCW-UN panel determines the Syrian government twice used helicopters to deploy chlorine gas against its opponents, in civilian areas in the northern Idlib province. He added that "Russia and Iran also bear great moral responsibility for these deaths". The attacks occurred in 2014 and 2015. The staunch Assad ally insisted that the chemicals were dispersed when Syrian warplanes bombed a facility where rebels were building chemical weapons.

Haley's remarks came while the council was considering a resolution to condemn the attack by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in which dozens of people were killed, including children.

"The symptoms rapidly developed within minutes, including redness of eyes, foaming at the mouth, contracted pupils, severe dyspnoea (labored breathing) or shortness of breath and suffocation", she told CNN. The organization says that the death toll so far includes 20 children.

A Syrian reporter from Aleppo tweeted a Periscope video, that was viewed 2,500 times, telling people outside Syria that they could help by gathering together to speak up.



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