Syria slams chemical attack in rebel-held Douma as 'premeditated allegations'

Smoke billows in the town of Douma the last opposition holdout in Syria's Eastern Ghouta

The UN Security Council is expected to convene an emergency meeting later today in response to a suspected chemical attack by the Syrian government.

Following the reports of the chemical's release, Russian Federation and the Syrian military said Israel fired missiles at a major air base - known as T4 - in central Syria, killing 14 people including three Iranians.

Last year, Trump ordered missile strikes on Syrian government's Sharayat air base short after allegations of chemical weapons attack in Khan Shaykhun town in Idlib.

Laboratories working for the OPCW compared samples taken by a United Nations mission in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta after the Aug 21, 2013 attack to chemicals handed over by Damascus for destruction in 2014.

The Defense Minister went on to speak about the actions being taken by the Israeli forces to control the situation in Syria.

"We can not keep turning a blind eye to these barbaric and illegal atrocities", Mr Ellwood, a former Army captain, told the Daily Mail. Then, too, we have the warning issued by Russian Federation in mid-March that the U.S. was planning a strike on Damascus on the basis of an "invented pretext".

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The Syrian Red Crescent said their hospital in Douma received six patients complaining of respiratory problems, but said they didn't seem to have any physical problems at all, nor was there any trace of any chemical agents they might've been exposed to.

FRESH airstrikes hit rebel-held areas of Syria's Eastern Ghouta on Sunday, a monitor said, after more than 80 people were killed in weekend raids including an alleged chemical attack denounced by the United States.

Families were reportedly found suffocated in their homes and shelters, with foam on their mouths. It added that "more than 500 cases - the majority of whom are women and children - were brought to local medical centers with symptoms indicative of exposure to a chemical agent".

Mr Johnson said the reports were "deeply disturbing" and "truly horrific".

'These latest reports must urgently be investigated and the worldwide community must respond.

On Feb. 24, the U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2401 which called for a month-long cease-fire in Syria, especially in Eastern Ghouta to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid. The investigation ends in November 2017 after Russian Federation repeatedly blocks attempts at renewal.

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Syria has repeatedly denied it had anything to do with the attack and denies it has any chemical weapons. We are in close touch with our allies following these latest reports.

Referring to President Emmanuel Macron's warning that France could strike unilaterally if there was a deadly chemical attack, Le Drian said that Paris would assume all its responsibilities in the fight against the proliferation of chemical weapons. "Big price to pay", Trump wrote on Twitter. He said that the terrorists wanted to blame the attacks on the Syrian armed forces.

At least 48 people died Saturday in Douma, the last rebel-held town in Eastern Ghouta, the White Helmets rescue group and the Syrian American Medical Society charity group said in a joint statement.

September 14, 2013: Then-U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Lavrov reach a deal that calls for the removal or destruction of Syria's chemical weapons by mid-2014.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: "The horrific deaths and injuries in Douma point to a chemical attack which must be fully investigated by the United Nations and those responsible held to account".

"Unfortunately, the Trump Administration has been noticeably absent in negotiations for a diplomatic settlement in Syria".

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