BLAME GAME: Russia says Israel was behind Syria airstrike

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Speaking at a meeting with USA military advisers late on April 9, Trump said, "we're making a decision as to what we do with respect to the terrible attack that was made near Damascus.and it will be met forcefully". "We can not allow atrocities like that".

"We have a lot of options militarily, and we'll be letting you know pretty soon".

During a bitter clash at the Council, US permanent representative Nikki Haley said that the hands of the Russian "regime" were "covered in the blood of Syrian children" and warned that Washington would respond to the attacks even if the Council would not.

Missiles have hit the airbase, the news service reported, adding that the U.S.is likely the source of the attack.

The foreign ministry in Moscow also says in a statement on its website that allegations of the chemical attack are "fabricated", suggesting the claims were invented by rebel forces and the Syrian Civil Defense known as the White Helmets. "Big price to pay", Trump wrote on Twitter.

Advisors have told the President that it is not wise to hastily withdraw troops from Syria.

The UN Security Council was holding an emergency meeting today to discuss the chemical attack.

Syria's state-run news agency said the military's air defences confronted a missile attack on air base in central Syria and shot down eight missiles. "If the Americans had conducted this attack, there would be no reason for them to deny it".

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The Syrian government had denied that any chemical attack had taken place, describing the rumours as "fabrications" and an attempt to deter armed forces from advancing on the city. Russian Federation announced on April 9 that it had resumed evacuating rebels and civilians from Douma under a negotiated pullout deal. A source close to USA administration also confirmed to Sputnik that USA is not conducting military operations against Syria.

On Sunday, President Donald Trump tweeted that the area of the alleged chemical attack was "in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army", and that it was "completely inaccessible to outside world".

United Nations war crimes investigators had previously documented 33 chemical attacks in Syria, attributing 27 to the Assad government, which has repeatedly denied using the weapons.

The agency said it was likely "an American aggression" but USA officials say the United States had not launched airstrikes on Syria. He said an escalation of the conflict could have "unimaginable consequences". Russia, Assad's most powerful ally, called the reports fake. But it also is about the backers of the regime, and of course Russian Federation is one of those backers. The European Union also said evidence pointed to the use of chemical weapons by Assad's forces.

"We are on the edge of a risky precipice", she said.

"China's position on chemical weapons has been consistent and clear: we are firmly opposed to the use of chemical weapons by any state, organization or individual under any circumstances". The global community must remain committed to the political settlement and effectively respect the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Syria, he said.

Earlier on April 9, the Kremlin said Russian President Vladimir Putin told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that "provocation and speculation" on the matter was unacceptable.

Syria is a signatory to the Chemical Weapons Convention, which prohibits chlorine from being used as a weapon.

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