Israel Foreign Ministry Condemns Chemical Attack on Douma

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Under a 2013 agreement for which Russian Federation was a guarantor, Syria was to have eliminated all its chemical weapons, but it has used chlorine and perhaps other chemicals since then. It was not immediately clear whether that visit would delay or avert USA or allied military action.

Syrian airspace has become a major source of tension between the US and Russia in recent years, as Russian troops continue to back the Assad regime's position in the civil war and the USA leads a coalition against Islamic State.

"I$3 n the coming days we will announce our decision", Macron said.

It was not immediately clear whether the announcement would delay or prevent a USA strike in Syria.

The decision to cancel the tour came after Trump threatened a military strike against Syrian forces, vowing to respond "forcefully" to Saturday's apparent chemical weapons attack on civilians in Douma.

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

On Monday, Defense Secretary James Mattis said he would not "rule out anything" as a response against Syrian President Bashar Assad.

A draft resolution requires 9 votes to be adopted in the 15-member council and no veto from the 5 permanent members - Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States.

"We will not be able to support the American draft", Russian envoy Vasily Nebenzya said ahead of the vote.

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The White House sharply rejected any suggestion that Trump's own words about pulling U.S. troops out of Syria had opened the door for the attack, which killed more than 40 people, including children.

Russian Federation and the Syrian military blamed Monday's predawn strike, which reportedly killed 14 people, on Israel.

Options for USA retaliation against the Syrian government over an alleged chemical attack on a rebel-held neighborhood near Damascus on Saturday run the gamut from light to heavy impact, according to a US official.

The Syrian army was reportedly put on "high alert" for 72 hours.

Mr Nebenzia dismissed claims the Syrian regime had used chemical weapons as "fake news" as he called for inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to fly to Syria on Tuesday to visit the site of the alleged attack.

It's believed dozens were killed in Douma.

Trump - who a year ago launched a missile strike on a Syrian air base after sarin was used in the town of Khan Sheikhun - warned after the latest accusations that there would be a "big price to pay".

Twelve of the 15 members of the UN Security Council voted in favour of the United States text, while Russian Federation and Bolivia voted against it, reports Xinhua.

The analysts speculated that the possible US strikes could be limited, such as in the previous year when the USA fired Tomahawk missiles on a Syrian base in central Syria over similar allegations of chemical weapons' use.

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