Syria offers watchdog access to inspect city hit by alleged chemical attack

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley addressed the U.N. Security Council meeting on Syria at the U.N. on April 9

She continued, "Chemical weapons have once again been used on Syrian men, women, and children".

Wednesday, a Russian official said the chemical attack was staged and filmed by members of the White Helmets organization, a volunteer group inside rebel-held areas in Syria.

Russia's draft resolution failed to attain the required number of votes.

Earlier, European airspace authorities are warned aircraft to be careful over the next days when flying close to Syria because of possible military action against President Bashar Assad's forces.

The announcement comes as the Republican president weighs military strikes in the war-wracked country - and shortly after the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the offices of Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

Trump also discussed Syria with French President Emanuel Macron, who said Tuesday that France would decide in the coming days on "a strong and joint response" with the USA and Britain to the suspected attack.

"President Trump will not attend the 8th Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru or travel to Bogota, Colombia as originally scheduled", Sanders said.

Trump cancelled a planned trip to Latin America where he was due on Friday to focus instead on responding to the Syria incident, the White House said.

Russian Federation vetoed a US-drafted resolution on setting up a panel to identify the perpetrators of toxic gas attacks after chemical weapons were allegedly used in the rebel-held town of Douma.




Russian Federation first vetoed a US-drafted text to create a mechanism that would have the authority to assign blame for chemical attacks in the war-torn country.

Medical sources say dozens were killed in the alleged attack there, but exact numbers are impossible to verify.

Pro-government forces in Syria are emptying main airports and military air bases over possible US strikes, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said on Wednesday. President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad.

Syrian opposition activists and rescuers said poison gas was used on the rebel-held town near the capital, an allegation strongly denied by the Assad government.

Theresa May is planning to join the United States in taking military action in Syria without a vote in Parliament, according to a new report from the BBC.

Regime ally Moscow said it would propose a United Nations resolution on a "transparent and honest" investigation with the OPCW's involvement.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said a team would deploy to Syria "shortly".

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

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