France 'has proof' Assad used chemical weapons

Katrina Barker
April 13, 2018

"We have proof that. chemical weapons were used, at least chlorine, and that they were used by the regime of Bashar Al Assad", Macron said during an interview on France's TF1 television on Thursday. He didn't elaborate on exactly what that proof is.

President Trump has sent mixed messages on the US response, warning Russian Federation in a tweet Wednesday to "get ready" for USA missile strikes in Syria in retaliation for the attack. Mr Trump rowed back on that threat on Thursday, however, tweeting "Never said when an attack on Syria would take place". Later in the day, the UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on the crisis.

Macron kept up the drumbeat for likely war with his claim of evidence that chemical weapons were used in the attack, although he did not elaborate.

"Germany will not take part in possible military action, on which no decisions have yet been taken", she told a press conference alongside Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization has demanded "unhindered access" to Douma as it said an estimated 500 people went to health facilities with "signs and symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals" after the Saturday attack.

The Jaish al-Islam group in Douma agreed on Sunday to withdraw, hours after the suspected chemical weapons attack on the town that has raised the prospect of USA strikes.

Douma was the last major rebel stronghold near Damascus. "Our teams work closely together", he said.

The rising tension over the Douma attack demonstrates the volatile nature of the Syrian civil war, which started in March 2011 as an uprising against al-Assad, but is now a proxy conflict involving a number of world and regional powers and a myriad of insurgent groups.

It remains hard to place an exact figure on the number of people killed and wounded Saturday in the rebel-held town of Douma, on the outskirts of Damascus.

The West has accused Syria of attacking the town but Russian Federation insists the government of Bashar al-Assad did not do it.

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