Syria tensions can lead to 'full-blown military escalation', warns United Nations chief

Syria's UN envoy Bashar Ja'afari

Syria's UN envoy Bashar Ja'afari

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the United Nations chief expressed regret that the Security Council's veto-holding powers have "been unable to reach agreement" on the Syria issue.

The UN chief said it was important to act in line with the UN charter and global law.

Trump vowed a "strong" response the day after the April 7 attack - since then, he has been in consultation with his military advisors, and allies France and Britain, on what form that should take.

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On Monday, US President Donald Trump threatened to take military action against Syrian authorities over the alleged use of chemical agents in the town of Douma near Damascus.

Russian Federation has said it deployed military police in Douma on Thursday after the town was taken over by Syrian government forces.

Yildirim on Friday again condemned the "heinous" the attack in Douma and said the perpetrators should "pay a price". He was referring to the three countries' efforts to reduce violence in Syria.

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Russian Federation this week vetoed a United States proposal to set up such a panel following an alleged chemical weapons attack on the rebel-held town of Douma that killed more than 40 people, according to medics and rescuers.

The World Health Organization (WHO), citing health partners, said on Wednesday that around 500 people had been treated for "signs and symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals" in Douma.

Earlier Friday, the USA announced it had "very high confidence" that the Assad regime was responsible for a suspected chemical attack last weekend.

Russia, in addition to its unproven allegations against Britain, alleged the West was feigning outrage over the attack as a cover for a plan to overthrow Assad's government. He says Moscow has "irrefutable information that it was another fabrication".

He said that "intelligence agencies of a state that is now striving to spearhead a Russo-phobic campaign were involved in that fabrication".

It further demands that the United States and its allies immediately end military action against Syria and refrain from any further use of force in the future.

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