French President Macron 'Has Proof' on Syria Chemical Attack

تم نشره في Thu 12 April / Apr 2018. 12:00 AM
  • France President Emmanuel Macron - (AFP)

CAPITALS — France's President Emmanuel Macron says he has "proof" that the Syrian government attacked the town of Douma with chemical weapons last weekend.

He said he would decide "in due course" whether to respond with air strikes.

Western states are thought to be preparing for missile strikes in response to the alleged attack.

In Russia, Syria's main military ally, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov urged against "any steps which could lead to an escalation of tensions".

US President Donald Trump, who said on Wednesday that missiles were "coming", has now tweeted that he "never said when".

It "could be very soon or not so soon at all", said the president, who has cancelled a planned trip to allow him to stay in the US with his defence secretary, and has been canvassing support for strikes from the leaders of France and the UK.

Also on Thursday, US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis told a congressional panel: "I believe there was a chemical attack and we are looking for the actual evidence."

Later in the day, the British Cabinet is due to discuss its response and the UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on the crisis.

(BBC)

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