Russia vetoes US-drafted Security Council resolution

Russia vetoes US-drafted Security Council resolution”

"The only difference is that they respond to every indiscriminate attack, not just chemical weapons attacks".

The norms against chemical weapons must be upheld.

Aviation regulators have been stepping up monitoring of conflict zones since Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was downed by a surface-to-air missile over Ukraine in 2014, killing all 298 people on board.

"History will record that, on this day, Russia chose protecting a monster over the lives of the Syrian people", U.S. ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said, referring to Assad.

'WHO demands immediate unhindered access to the area to provide care to those affected, to assess the health impacts, and to deliver a comprehensive public health response, ' he added.

It remains difficult to place an exact figure on the number of people killed and wounded in Saturday's alleged attack on the outskirts of Damascus, which has pushed the US and its allies to the verge of military confrontation in Syria.

Syria's UN envoy Bashar Ja'afari, speaking at the close of the meeting, emphasized that his Government had officially invited the OPCW to send its fact-finding mission to investigate. Dozens of people died and hundreds were injured in the attack, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Syria has denied that it used poison gas.

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.

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"The UAE also calls for the establishment of a commission of inquiry and accountability on this heinous act". He said any action would "target chemical weapons" stocks.

The international chemical weapons watchdog, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, said on April 10 that it was sending a team of experts to the site of the Douma attack to gather evidence.

Trump's fiery response Wednesday comes after Russian Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin said Moscow would refer to President Vladimir Putin's instructions if Syria is attacked, which is to down the missiles and also attack the sources that fired them.

Earlier on Wednesday, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov expressed hope that "all countries will refrain from steps that, on the one hand, would be totally unwarranted and on the other hand, may exacerbate the already fragile situation in the region".

What is the UN doing?

Israel's Haaretz newspaper speculated that the claim was an indication that Syria's ruling Assad regime was revealing new capabilities. They both blocked each other's proposals to set up independent investigations.

On Tuesday, the UN Security Council failed to pass three consecutive resolutions calling for an investigation into the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria. "When I will not say because I don't like talking about timing".

THERESA MAY was today warned NOT to launch bombing raids on Syria without getting permission from Parliament.

"We could find ourselves on the threshold of some very sad and serious events", he said.

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