Trump weighs more robust military strike against Syria

About 700,000 Syrians displaced in 2018 due to ongoing conflict UN

About 700,000 Syrians displaced in 2018 due to ongoing conflict UN

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said earlier this week that the US won't rule out airstrikes on Syria after the chemical attack. They threaten each other through tweets.

The attack contemplated by the Trump administration would be "symbolic" and created to "send a message", Barbero said.

British ambassador Karen Pierce said the United Kingdom opposed the resolution because an OPCW investigative team is already headed to Syria and the Russian text did not include a new body to determine accountability for chemical weapons attacks. Russia vetoed a us text, while two Russian-drafted resolutions failed to get the minimum nine votes required for approval. Syria denies being behind any chemical attack.

Russian Federation vetoed a United States draft resolution at the UN Security Council Tuesday that would have established an independent investigation into the suspected use of chemical weapons in Syria. It was the 12th time that Russian Federation has used its veto power at the council to block action targeting its Syrian ally.

France in the middle East has more than a dozen military aircraft that can strike from the sea.

Mr Trump has promised a "forceful" response, and has spoken of numerous military options. On Monday, the guided-missile destroyer "Donald Cook" departed the port of Larnaca in Cyprus, reportedly heading towards Syria.

About 500 people may have been affected by a suspected chemical attack last week on Syria's rebel-held town of Douma, according to the World Health Organization. In the aftermath of the attack, he criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iran for supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and threatened there would be a "big price to pay" for the deaths.

Washington has also been in discussion with Britain and France, raising the prospect of co-ordinated Western military action.

A US Navy guided-missile destroyer, the USS Donald Cook, is in the Mediterranean.

Tensions continued to rise on Monday as the Syrian and Russian governments accused Israel of attacking Homs in a missile strike, affectively acting as a proxy for the U.S. Israel did not comment on Monday's missile strike, which is standard for the Jewish nation.

"Our decision will not target allies of the regime or attack anyone but rather attack the regime's chemical capabilities", he said, insisting he did "not want an escalation".

But The Times newspaper reports that the UK's Prime Minister Theresa May has urged Mr Trump to provide more evidence of the suspected chemical attack.

"Any confirmed use of chemical weapons, by any party to the conflict and under any circumstances, is abhorrent and a clear violation of worldwide law", Guterres said in a statement.

Planes have been avoiding war-torn Syrian airspace for years, but new warnings expanded the danger zone.

The Syrian American Medical Society described patients foaming at the mouth and warned that victims had suffered corneal burns and smelled of a "chlorine-like odour".

Rescue workers have said that at least 70 people were killed in the attack, but that the toll would rise as they get access to the basements where civilians sought refuge from the attack.

"Russia has trashed the credibility of the council", she said.

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