The Latest: Kremlin spokesman warns against Syria strike

The Latest: Kremlin spokesman warns against Syria strike”

The streets of Damascus were packed with people Thursday evening either going out to shop in one of the city's main markets to hanging out with families and friends at the capital's cafes, restaurants and sweets shops, people mostly appeared not concerned about a possible U.S. strike on the country going on with their lives as usual.

"If there is a strike by the Americans, then. the missiles will be downed and the source of the missiles targeted", Zasypkin told Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV station.

US President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter earlier that Russia should be ready to shoot down missiles fired at Syria.

Russian lawmakers have warned the United States that Moscow would view an airstrike on Syria as a war crime and that it could trigger a direct U.S-Russian military clash. The Syrian conflict has increasingly widened the rifts between Moscow, Washington and European powers and inflamed the bitter rivalries that run across West Asia.

"Part of the question that is sort of hanging out there is what would really be the underlying goal of a strike other than to simply be shown to be responding?"

More than 1,000 Iranians have been killed in the war, including senior members of the Guards.

British Prime Minister Theresa May was set to hold a cabinet meeting Thursday to discuss possibly joining the United States and allies in military action, saying the weekend chemical attack on Douma "cannot go unchallenged". But on Thursday, Trump tweeted: "Never said when an attack on Syria would take place". "And now I am displaced today with its people, closing a page on this town that was so inspirational, with its once peaceful activism and its diversity, with its bad and its good".

Russia said it deployed military police in Douma on Thursday after the town was taken over by government forces.

Russia and Iran called the use of force by the United States and its allies a "military crime" and "act of aggression".

These two ships, possibly aided by a US submarine, are likely to play a role in a strike. Might this fact have motivated Israel's alleged attack on a Syrian air base a day and a half after the Syrian regime was again suspected of using a nerve agent against a rebel position in a Damascus suburb? They said the fighters controlled took control of the area's agriculture and ran several prisons where people were held and tortured.

"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", Peter Salama, the agency's deputy director-general for emergency preparedness and response, said in a statement issued in Geneva, according to The Guardian. Trump has repeatedly assailed Mueller's probe as "corrupt" and "fake", while suggesting that it is responsible for "much of the bad blood with Russia".

Any military move against Syrian government forces carries numerous risks. A guided-missile destroyer, the USS Donald Cook, is in the Mediterranean.

The Russian military said its chemical experts visited Douma shortly after the alleged attack and found no trace of chemical agents in ground samples. He also suggested he was examining ways to prevent any strikes from triggering a broader conflict.

The lawmaker finally predicted a "firm response" from Syria's allies to any military offensive under the pretext of gas attacks in the Arab country.

Last month, Britain blamed Russia for a nerve agent attack on an ex-spy and his daughter, accusations Russia has vehemently denied.

The Hague-based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Assad's government had been asked to make necessary arrangements for an OPCW investigation team to visit shortly.

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