Global Watchdog to Travel to Syria to Probe Alleged Chemical Attack

Trump weighs response to suspected chemical attack in Syria where Israel is believed to have launched a missile strike

Russian Federation has vetoed a US-drafted United Nations resolution that would have condemned last weekend's suspected gas attack near Damascus and established a new body to determine responsibility for Syrian chemical weapons attacks.

He did not give a time frame for any retaliatory action, but said the United States could not stand by as such atrocities take place because "we are able to stop it".

Alastair W.M. Hay, a professor of toxicology at Leeds University in England, told the Post the look of the bodies "is pretty much consistent with a nerve-agent-type exposure".

The U.N. Security Council is due to vote on three draft resolutions on chemical weapons attacks in Syria on Tuesday, setting up a showdown between the United States and Russian Federation over how to respond to a reported deadly gas attack last weekend.

He asked Washington to "come to senses" and warned that it will have to bear responsibility if it attacks Syria.

Syria's Foreign Ministry said Washington is using the alleged chemical attack as a pretext to target Syria.

Trump's threat comes just hours after Russia's ambassador to Lebanon vowed that any USA missiles fired in Syria would be shot down.

He warned the United States and its allies against launching a military action in Syria, bypassing the UN.

The suspected chemical weapons attack late on Saturday injured more than 1,000 people at several sites in Douma, a town near the capital Damascus, according to the Union of Medical Care Organizations.

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Amid the tough talk from the White House, the USA military appeared to be in position to carry out any attack order. Most nations have foresworn use of chemical weapons, at least on innocent civilians.

Both leaders agreed the global community needed to respond to uphold the worldwide prohibition on the use of chemical weapons.

"We would call upon them to do that but I think a military response is appropriate".

The leaders of Britain and the United States vowed Tuesday to end chemical weapon attacks in Syria, drawing a red line ahead of possible military action.

Seven Iranians were among the estimated 14 people killed in the missile strike, and a senior Iranian official visiting Damascus said the attack "will not remain unanswered".

Moscow has previously insisted there was no evidence for a chemical attack.

Pictures and video footage of the aftermath of another chemical weapons attack blamed on Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad are hard to take.

President Trump is no longer heading to the Summit of the Americas this weekend and instead will be staying in the U.S.to focus on Syria in the wake of the suspected chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma.

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