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Security Council fails to adopt resolutions on chemical weapons use in Syria

UN Security Council 'paralyzed' after Syria gas attack Security Council fails to adopt resolutions on chemical weapons use in Syria
Melinda Barton | 15 April, 2018, 01:30

The measure would provide for the creation of an inquiry to identify perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks, allow access for aid convoys and re-launch stalled peace talks in Geneva, French diplomats said.

Russia's demand for condemnation and an immediate halt to "aggression" and "any further use of force" by the U.S., Britain and France got support from only two other countries on the 15-member council China and Bolivia.

It was not immediately clear whether the announcement by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) would delay or prevent a US strike in Syria. Russia vetoed a USA textual content, whereas two Russian-drafted resolutions did not get a minimal 9 votes to move.

Assad's government and Russian Federation have said there was no evidence a gas attack had taken place and that the claim was bogus.

"I ask you once again - refrain from the plans which you might be harboring with regards to Syria", he said.

Adding to the tensions, Iran, a strong ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, threatened to respond to an airstrike on a Syrian military base on Monday that the Syrian government, Russian Federation and Iran have blamed on Israel.

President Trump hit back at the comments and said: "Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria".

Trump's bellicose tweets came in response to a warning from Russia's ambassador to Beirut, who took to a television network run by the armed group Hezbollah to declare that any U.S. missiles would be shot down "as well as the sources they were fired from".

At least 60 people were killed and more than 1,000 injured in Saturday's suspected chemical weapons attack on the town of Douma, according to a Syrian relief group.

Despite the deadlock in the Security Council, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) - the body which investigates allegations of such attacks - said yesterday that it would shortly send a team to Syria to "establish the facts" surrounding the incident.

Any U.S. strike is likely to involve naval assets, given the risk to aircraft from Russian and Syrian air defence systems. France is already involved in the USA -led coalition created in 2014 to fight the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.

The mission will objective to find out whether or not banned munitions have been used however won't assign blame.

The United States, Britain and France have argued that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces had used toxic gases multiple times in violation of global law.

Russian Federation has countered that the US-led action was aimed at overthrowing Assad and keeping Moscow's influence in check.

A European supply stated European governments have been ready for the OPCW to hold out its investigation and for extra strong forensic proof from the assault to emerge.

In Syria, thousands of militants and their families arrived in rebel-held parts of the country's northwest after surrendering Douma to government forces.

"Russia has trashed the credibility of the council", she said. TASS news agency quoted him as saying he believed common sense would prevail. The Aquitaine is equipped with 16 cruise missiles and 16 surface-to-air missiles. Israel does not typically comment on its operations in Syria, and it is unclear whether the missile attack was linked to the alleged use of chemical weapons.