Swedish UN envoy warns against military action against Syria

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The tweet drew a quick response from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with spokeswoman Maria Zakharova saying on Facebook that "smart" missiles would destroy any evidence of a suspected chemical weapons attack.

President Trump on Wednesday warned Russian Federation that if they shoot down US missiles fired at Syria and target the launch sites they better "get ready".

Asked whether such military actions against Syria requires Security Council authorization, Skoog said: "The (UN) Charter is very clear about military intervention". Trump and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. And since Russian soldiers are working closely with Assad's troops, it's tough to target Syria without putting Russians in the crosshairs as well.

"If there is a strike by the Americans, then...the missiles will be downed and even the sources from which the missiles were fired", Zasypkin told the Hezbollah-affiliated Al-Manar TV channel.

But Russia might not be so quick to retaliate - the country probably doesn't want to get into a shooting war with the USA either. Lindsay Graham saying Monday the US should "destroy" the Syrian air force. The WHO said in a statement Wednesday that, according to reports from its partners, "an estimated 500 patients presented to health facilities exhibiting signs and symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals".

The Eurocontrol airspace organisation said that the European Aviation Safety Agency had sent a Rapid Alert Notification that flight operators needed to consider the possibility of air or missile strikes on Syria.

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Russian Federation claimed its own investigators found no dead bodies or any injured people in the area.

Vladislav Volodin, the speaker of Russia's lower house of parliament, said the "whole world is horrified by" Trump's tweeting.

Meanwhile, the Syrian government has put its forces on "high alert" amid the looming threat of a United States military response.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday that USA and allied officials were assessing intelligence related to the attack Saturday.

Scott Murray, a retired Air Force colonel who oversaw the targeting of Islamic State militants in Syria, said those air defenses nearly assured a missile attack from the sea.

"It's not at all unusual that it (the United States) supports the terrorists in Ghouta and condones their fabrications and lies to use them as a pretext to target Syria", the official source said.

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