Syria offers watchdog access to inspect city hit by alleged chemical attack


The United States has asked the UN Security Council to vote Tuesday on its proposal to set up an inquiry to investigate chemical weapons attacks in Syria, but the measure could face a veto from Russian Federation, diplomats said.

A second Russian resolution that only supported the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons fact-finding mission in Syria also failed to pass.

Mr. Trump canceled a planned trip to Latin America later this week in order to oversee an American response to Syria, according to a White House statement. UK Prime Minister Theresa May spoke to President Trump and President Macron of France in separate calls on Tuesday.

Russian Federation has warned at the UN Security Council that United States military action could have "grave repercussions".

Russian Federation also vetoed an investigation into that attack.

For his part, French President Emmanuel Macaron said on Tuesday that after further discussions with the U.S. and United Kingdom, a decision to execute military strikes will be taken within days, stressing that the strikes will target Syrian chemical weapons facilities.

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Boris Johnson, the United Kingdom foreign secretary, has said that "a full range of options should be on the table" for the global community in response to the attack. The US proposal would allegedly determine culpability for chemical weapons attacks.

The allegation of a chemical attack, pushed by the pro-militant sources, has been eagerly supported by the USA and other Western countries, who squarely pinned the blame for the unverified incident on Damascus.

Twelve council members voted in favor of the US -drafted resolution, while Bolivia joined Russian Federation in voting no, and China abstained.

Syrian opposition activists, rescue workers and medics allege that bombs filled with toxic chemicals were dropped on Douma, in the Eastern Ghouta region, near the capital Damascus, by Syrian government forces. "Today, the OPCW Technical Secretariat has requested the Syrian Arab Republic to make the necessary arrangements for such a deployment". The group is the implementing body for the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1997, which has been signed by 192 member states.

The US and Russian militaries have sought to avoid conflict in Syria, notably previous year in the Euphrates River Valley where they supported rival sides in the campaign against Islamic State militants. That attack was widely blamed on government forces, who denied responsibility.

"Chemical weapons have once again been used on Syrian men, women and children", Haley said at Monday's meeting to discuss what appeared to be a chemical attack on Douma, the last rebel-held town in Syria, on Saturday that left 49 people dead and scores injured.