Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Israeli security heads confer after Trump's threat to bomb Syria

"We call upon. members of the global community to seriously consider the possible consequences of such accusations, threats and especially action (against Syria)", Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

"I want to stress one more time and that was an idea of Lebanon's ambassador that Russian Federation will protect its people on the ground", she said.

The United States, meanwhile, urged the U.N. Security Council to adopt a resolution that would condemn the continuing use of chemical weapons in Syria "in the strongest terms" and establish a new body to determine responsibility for chemical attacks.

"Due to the recent security situation between USA and Syria, and as a precautionary measure", the airline said, "Middle East Airlines will be modifying the routing of some of its flights, which will affect their departure times".

In the last few days, Trump has blamed the authoritarian Assad regime for the chemical attack that killed dozens of Syrian civilians, including children and women, in the Damascus suburb of Douma.

On Wednesday, opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn urged May to recall Parliament - which is on recess - to hold a vote before taking any action.

France's Emmanuel Macron said Thursday he had "proof" that the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had used chemical weapons, and would respond to it "in due course".

Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday, vowing that "smart" missiles "will be coming".

"Let us not forget that, ultimately, our efforts must be about ending the bad suffering of the Syrian people", Guterres said.

Assad said Thursday that Western countries were lashing out after they lost their "bet" on opposition forces in the eastern Ghouta suburbs of the capital. France has also said it would join the military action.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has summoned her Cabinet back from vacation to discuss military action against Syria over an alleged chemical weapons attack.

The statement was the latest in a war of words raging between Washington and Moscow since Saturday's suspected chemical attack on the rebel-held town Douma, just outside Damascus, which killed more than 40 people according to activists and first responders.

More than 13,500 Syrian rebel fighters and their families have left Douma this month under a so-called evacuation deal between the rebels and the Russian military, a top ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad's government. "It is to drive this to a United Nations -brokered peace but, at the same time, keep our foot on the neck of ISIS until we suffocate it", referring to the Islamic State extremist group.

A French frigate, UK Royal Navy submarines laden with cruise missiles and the USS Donald Cook, an American destroyer equipped with Tomahawk land attack missiles have all moved into range of Syria's sun-bleached coast.

The Russian ministry says 1,500 left the town in the past 24 hours.

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