European Union calls for worldwide response after suspected chemical attack in Syria

  • European Union calls for worldwide response after suspected chemical attack in Syria

European Union calls for worldwide response after suspected chemical attack in Syria

US President Donald Trump also slammed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Iran and Russian Federation for backing him, saying there is a "big price to pay".

The war in Syria is in the news following a suspected chemical weapons attack, in which at least 70 people have died.

In April 2017, a sarin gas attack killed more than 80 people in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun.

Trump was to meet late in the day with senior national security aides, and no action was "off the table", the president said.

The Assad government and Russian Federation both denied any use of chemical weapons as "fabrications". It warned of "dire consequences" in the event of any military interference.

Commenting on the incidents, the European Union called for an global response to the attack.

As for Germany, it said the circumstances pointed to the Syrian regime.

Saturday's suspected poison gas attack on the besieged town of Douma came nearly exactly a year after the USA missile attack prompted by the Khan Sheikhoun deaths.

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) was on Monday set to hold an emergency meeting in response to the attack.

"Such an attack on civilians, including children, is a grave violation of global humanitarian law".

Countries backing Assad's government should be held to accountable along with the Syrian leader, British Prime Minister Theresa May said on April 9.

"We are ready, once Douma is freed from militants, to immediately send Russian specialists in radiation, chemical and biological defence to collect data that will confirm these claims are fabricated", he said, quoted by news agencies.

The official also said, "The regime's history of using chemical weapons against its own people (is) not in dispute, and in fact began with a sarin gas attack in Eastern Ghouta on August 21, 2013 which killed over 1,000 Syrians".

According to Syria Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets, forces of the Bashar al-Assad regime struck targets in Douma, a district in Eastern Ghouta, in a midnight attack using poison gas.

Labour said that anyone found guilty of using chemical weapons should be brought to justice and called for "concrete steps on all sides to restart meaningful talks on a political solution and lasting peace in Syria".

Sir, - Matthew d'Ancona suggests that but for "sanctimonious procrastination" caused by memories of the Iraq War, the United Kingdom could be part of a righteous western military effort to confront the regime of Bashar al-Assad ("Don't expect the west to act on Syria's latest horror", Opinion & Analysis, April 8th).

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war through a network of activists on the ground, said 14 died in the missile attack, including Iranians.

The bombing resulted in significant damage to the city's medical capacity, as "several medical points and ambulance teams" were targeted.

Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Director-General Ahmet Uzumcu expressed "grave concern" over the latest use of toxic gas and launched an investigation.

"I am particularly horrified by allegations of a chemical attack in Douma which has reportedly killed and injured scores of people, including children", she said.

Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert described the reports from Eastern Douma as "disturbing and "horrifying", saying they required an "immediate response by the global community".