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15 April 2018, 05:37 | Opal Carroll
The Most Important UN Security Council Vote Ever?
President Donald Trump says the USA has manymilitary options as it decides how to respond to an apparent poison gas attack in central Syria that killed more than 40 people.
On Thursday, Mrs May gained cabinet approval for an "international response" in Syria and Mr Macron said his government has proof that the Assad regime used chemical weapons in Douma.
Syrian TV said three civilians were wounded in one of the USA -led strikes on a military base in Homs, although the attack was aborted by derailing the incoming missile.
Douma and the rest of eastern Ghouta had been a significant rebel stronghold throughout Syria'scivilwar and its surrender came after years of siege by Assad's troops and a months-long military offensive.
"Due to the possible launch of air strikes into Syria with air-to-ground and/or cruisemissiles within the next 72 hours, and the possibility of intermittent disruption of radio navigation equipment, due consideration needs to be taken when planning flight operations in the Eastern Mediterranean/Nicosia FIR area", it said, referring to the designated airspace. "Those are contradictory goals".
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis as well as Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo huddled at the White House on Wednesday to discuss options and game out the situation.
The war has killed about 500,000 people and displaced millions.
A UN-led panel has determined that Assad's forces had used sarin in the town of Khan Sheikhun last yaer and chlorine in at least three attacks on villages in 2014 and 2015.
Meanwhile, Senator John Kennedy from Louisiana requested a classified hearing for members of Congress on the chemical weapons attack in Syria.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the Middle East is in such "peril" today that it has become a threat to global peace and security, and that Syria "represents the most serious threat".
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Tuesday that Trump will not attend the Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru or travel to Bogota, Colombia as planned.
Media captionThe US president has said "nothing's off the table" - so what options are on the table?
She says there have been no decisions yet on whether to strike Syria despite the president's tweet Wednesday morning threatening to fire "nice and new and 'smart!'" missiles. Assad did not respond.
Syria's capital has been rocked by loud explosions that lit up the sky with heavy smoke as U.S. President Donald Trump announced airstrikes in retaliation for the country's alleged use of chemical weapons.
Asked about the risks of US military retaliation, Mattis cited two concerns, starting with avoiding civilian casualties.
Moscow and western allies led by the U.S. voted against the other's proposals in the United Nations security council earlier this week for setting up a body dedicated to investigating repeated poison gas use in Syria.
British and French forces might be expected to take part in the response to the chemical attack, the former official said.
The attack began at 4 a.m. (0100 GMT) with missiles hitting the eastern suburbs of Damascus, shaking the grounds from a distance.
Some MPs have backed Britain acting against Syria, warning that the use of chemical weapons was in breach of global law and could not be allowed to go unpunished. Those systems encircle Damascus and some of Syria's larger bases.
The Russian Defense Ministry on Friday accused Britain of staging a fake chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma last weekend, a bold charge that comes amid Moscow's stern warnings to the West against striking Syria. He, like Thompson, anxious about the Russian reaction.
"We take recommendations of EASA as binding; we are constantly monitoring the situation in the Middle East", Vlaďka Dufková, spokesperson of Travel Service told SITA.
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