Syria 'most serious threat' to worldwide peace, security: Guterres

Grant Boone
April 16, 2018

Six of those resolutions would have condemned the regime for chemical weapons attacks.

Hillel Neuer, president of the Geneva-based nongovernmental organization U.N. Watch, called out European countries for not speaking out against the United Nations on this matter.

"Perpetrators of such attacks must be identified and held accountable", the UN's International Commission of Inquiry on Syria said in a statement, noting that the use of such weapons is strictly banned under a global treaty ratified by Syria.

With punitive United States military action seemingly imminent, Russian Federation scrambled to deflect blame from Syria's Bashar al-Assad and, according to a monitor group, regime forces evacuated key defense buildings in Damascus.

The NGO announced it intends to hold protests outside the United Nations hall.

"I have repeatedly expressed my deep disappointment that the Security Council failed to agree on a dedicated mechanism for effective accountability for the use of chemical weapons in Syria", his statement said.

Besides, he added that relations of Russian Federation and the United States should get back on "peaceful track" as soon as possible.

Israel says its forces have opened fire to stop attempts to harm soldiers, damage the fence, infiltrate Israel and attempt to carry out attacks.

Russian Federation has said it deployed military police in Douma on Thursday after the town was taken over by Syrian government forces.

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French President Emmanuel Macron also said he had "proof" that the Syrian government had attacked Douma with chemical weapons, without giving further details.

Trump wrote on Twitter after having warned Russian Federation the previous day to "get ready" for missile strikes which he said "will be coming".

Mr Trump, who has cancelled a planned trip overseas, has been canvassing support for strikes from the leaders of France and the UK.

The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is deepening again, he said. He was referring to the three countries' efforts to reduce violence in Syria. A suspected chemical attack outside the Syrian capital of Damascus reportedly left more than 40 people dead.

The Government, however, said evacuations from Douma were ongoing and no Syrian Government forces had entered the town.

Moscow, he said, has "irrefutable information that it was another fabrication".

"I think we've seen the media reports of this horrific case, of the abuse and the murder of a young girl".

He said that "intelligence agencies of a state that is now striving to spearhead a Russo-phobic campaign were involved in that fabrication".

The attack has drawn worldwide outrage and prompted the United States and its allies to consider a military strike on Syria, something Moscow has strongly warned against.

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