Israel condemns Syria chemical attack


In April 2017, more than 80 people died in a chemical weapons attack on Khan Sheikhoun - another Syrian town held by anti-government forces.

A year ago, almost 100 people were killed in a strike on the northern town of Khan Sheikhoun that the United Nations has blamed on the Syrian air force.

Laboratories working for the OPCW compared samples taken by a United Nations mission in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta after the Aug 21, 2013 attack to chemicals handed over by Damascus for destruction in 2014.

Iran, another ally, also defended the Syrian regime. They come at seminal junctures in the conflict, when Syrian government forces are on the verge of a significant strategic victory or advance against the alphabet soup of Salafi-jihadi groups that are operating in the country.

Turkey denounced the chemical attack in Douma: "We strongly condemn the attack, and we have the strong suspicion it was carried out by the regime, whose record on the use of chemical weapons is known by the global community", the Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement.

Douma is in the eastern Ghouta region near Damascus. They have, additionally, tightened their siege on Douma.

In accordance with the deal reached earlier, the militants are permitted to leave along with their families in return for the release of all prisoners they have been keeping.

More than 1700 people have been killed in Eastern Ghouta, of which Douma is the largest city, since the Syrian army and allied Russian forces began a punishing assault in February to rout rebels from the area.

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Mr Johnson added: "Should it be confirmed that the regime has used chemical weapons again, it would be yet another appalling example of the Assad regime's brutality and blatant disregard for both the Syrian people and its legal obligations not to use chemical weapons. Three such attempts have been foiled over the past week". He said the allegation that the Syrian regime is behind the attack "is not compatible with reality".

Iran and Russian Federation argue the over the past few years the militants several times launched poisonous gas attacks on the civilians as well as the army personnel, killing dozens and injuring more. The Syrian government has denied the allegations. The group blamed the Syrian regime.

The White Helmets, who act as first responders in rebel-held areas of Syria, along with an insurgent group and the opposition in exile, accused the Syrian government of carrying out a chemical attack. The Israeli military had no immediate comment Monday on the reported missile strike. The news website continued that the army pressed forward with its strong recapture push and that it did not need unconventional weapons, and that this was a terrorist propaganda.

The Syrian government denied the affirmations and said the cases were fabrications by the Army of Islam to impede government progresses.

The Russian-American contest in Syria is vividly going in favor of Moscow.

French President Emmanuel Macron and Trump agreed in a phone call that chemical weapons had been used in Douma, the French presidency said in a statement early on Monday.

The US president authorised missile strikes against Syria after a chemical weapons attack previous year and the White House has indicated nothing is "off the table" after the latest incident. Christopher Sherwood, Pentagon spokesman stated that this time the Department of Defense is not conducting airstrikes in Syria. "These reports, if confirmed, are horrifying and demand an immediate response by the worldwide community", Nauert said.

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