UN Security Council meets to discuss Syria
The UN Security Council held an emergency summit during the night over the alleged Syria chemical attack.
The U.N. special envoy for Syria is warning that recent grave events have escalated global tensions, drawing national, regional and international actors “into dangerous situations of potential or actual confrontation.”
He said recent developments “carry more than ever before the dangers” that Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned about recently — different Mideast fault lines crossing each other and interconnecting, and conflicting interests of both global and regional powers. De Mistura echoed Guterres’ concern that these escalating tensions “can have absolutely devastating consequences that is difficult for us to even imagine.”
“The council cannot allow a situation of uncontrollable escalation to develop in Syria on any front,” he said. “Instead we must find unity and address the international peace and security.”
During the session, Russia has said its investigators in Douma have found no evidence that nerve agents were used in Saturday’s suspected chemical weapons attack, in the Syrian rebel-held town of Douma, which killed at least 49 people and injured hundreds more. Western nations have laid the blame on the Syrian regime. The Moscow envoy said the Western nations’ claims of a chemical attack and that Syria was behind the strikes were “contradictory” and taken up by dubious media and NGOs. The “fake news” from Douma was intended to deflect attention from the UK’s muddled case regarding the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, Nebenzia said.
The Syrian civil war has fast become the Syrian war: Russia and the Assad regime accused Israel Monday of striking a military airport where Iran is known to operate, reportedly killing 14 people. The assault came a day after the U.S. and France, in a statement, vowed a “strong, joint response” to Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons Saturday in Eastern Ghouta. U.S. President Donald Trump promised quick action on Monday in response to the suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria, which he deemed as barbaric and made clear that all options including military action were on the table.
The White House was still only able to say that the attack fits the pattern of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapon use as initial U.S. assessments have so far been unable to determine conclusively what materials were used in the attack and could not say with 100 percent certainty that Assad’s government forces were behind it.
Details of the strike on T4, as the Tiyas airbase near Homs is known, are still not fully available. Three members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps were reportedly among those killed. Israel, which has previously acknowledged attacking targets inside Syria, hasn’t commented. The Assad regime initially saidthe U.S. carried out the strike, but later walked back that claim; Syrian state news then attributed it to Israel. The U.S. military denied involvement.
International bodies led by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) were trying to establish exactly what happened in Douma, a rebel-held town in the eastern Ghouta district.
Sources : Reuters. NewsNow, The Atlantic, Us News.