Syria invites United Nations watchdog to Douma to probe chemical claims

Trump We'll find out who is behind attack

Haley: World must see justice done in Syria (VIDEO)

Syrian government forces were on high alert and taking precautionary measures Tuesday at military positions across the country amid fears of a US strike in the aftermath of an apparent chemical weapons attack near Damascus.

"History will record this as the moment when the Security Council either discharged its duty or demonstrated its utter and complete failure to protect the people of Syria", Haley said. Also pictured is Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Mark Milley (L), Vice President Mike Pence, (2nd-L), and National Security Advisor John Bolton (R).

Trump's comments are his first public remarks on the attack, which killed dozens of civilians, since he tweeted about it on Sunday and warned of a "big price to pay" for those responsible.

US President Donald Trump, who had been due to travel to Peru on Friday, cancelled a trip to Latin America to focus on responding to the Syria incident, the White House said.

Yevgeny Serberennikov, from the defense committee at the Federation Council, told the RIA Novosti news agency on Tuesday that Russia is anxious for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to "finally start carrying out the functions it was created for".

Russian UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia accused the United States, France and Britain of stoking global tensions by engaging in a "confrontational policy against Russia and Syria".

To that end, the White House announced the departure of homeland security adviser Tom Bossert.

The Prime Minister said she found pictures of Syrian children foaming at the mouth "horrific" and also branded the raid "barbaric", suggesting President al Assad could be behind it. "We've tried that before". The draft resolution, obtained by The Associated Press, was circulated ahead of an emergency Security Council meeting.

Hundreds more people began to leave Douma on Tuesday and the pro-government Watan newspaper said about 40,000 militants and their families were due to leave in all, as the United Nations refugee agency voiced alarm at "spiralling new displacement".

The Russian Foreign Ministry dismissed that as fake news.

"The use of sarin and chlorine is not confirmed", Nebenzia echoed in the Monday meeting.

Israel's official Holocaust memorial says that Syria's latest suspected chemical weapons attack shows that worldwide organizations set up after the Holocaust have failed in their job. He then veered off onto the subject of an alleged nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in the United Kingdom, attempting to link all the events.

Speaking on a visit to Cambridge yesterday, Mrs May once more sidestepped questions over whether Britain would be involved in military action.

But US Ambassador Nikki Haley said the "world must see justice done".

"We believe there is no legitimate reason not to support the call for this council to set up an independent investigative mechanism", Pierce said.

The punitive raid did not draw United States forces any deeper into Syria's civil war, nor did it dissuade Syria or its Russian and Iranian backers from pursuing their campaign against rebel groups.

"We are very concerned, when a thing like that can happen, this is about humanity".

Erdogan was quoted as saying: "We will determine the time".

The UN's special envoy for Syria, Staffan di Mistura, noted that some states have publicly raised their suspicions that Syria was behind the attack.

Last year, Washington bombed a Syrian government air base after a chemical weapons attack.

Last night the UK's permanent representative to the United Nations said the use of chemical weapons was an "escalatory act".

Haley said Russian Federation, the strongest ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, was "covered in the blood of Syrian children".

Even before Nebenzia's accusations, Mistura warned about the hostilities in Syria spiraling out of control to threaten worldwide stability.

The Department of Defense would not reveal whether the drones affected by Russia's jamming are crashing, citing operational security, but an unnamed official told NBC that it is having an "operational impact" on USA military operations.

"We can not allow atrocities like that".

Haley and other speakers stressed that a unsafe precedent is being set.

"We express our indignation for the dozens of civilian casualties, including women and children, caused by the latest air strikes in the area of Damascus, and particularly in Douma", Alfano said in a written statement.

"The use of chemical weapons is an escalatory and a diabolical act".

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