Secretary of State has ‘no doubt’ that Syrian government is responsible for gas attacks




Western world leaders were outraged Tuesday after a chemical gas attack in northwestern Syria killed at least 70 people. They believe that Russia influenced Syria to do this horrific act. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s military denied using chemical weapons and blamed rebels for the carnage.

“There is no doubt in our minds that Syria and the regime under Bashar Assad were responsible for this attack,” Rex Tillerson said Thursday. “It’s a serious matter; it requires a serious response,” he added when asked if military retaliation was being planned.

The gas attacks fell from the sky after being dropped from planes. It was difficult for victims to breathe or see while they were under attack. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said it was gathering evidence about the attack.

“Today’s chemical attack in Syria against innocent people, including women and children, is reprehensible and cannot be ignored by the civilized world,” US President Donald Trump said.

The United States, United Kingdom and France ‎have circulated a resolution at the Security Council regarding the attack.

On Wednesday afternoon, Security Council members left closed consultations without taking a vote on the draft resolution. No member spoke as they left the chambers.
Speaking at a White House press conference, Trump said the attack had “crossed a lot of lines for me” and that it could not be tolerated.
Trump did not offer any details of how US strategy on Syria would change, and he did not directly criticize Russia, which has stood by Assad in the face of worldwide condemnation of the attack.
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