US Officials Claim to Have Blood Samples Proving Alleged Douma Attack

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Russian Federation announced on Thursday that the Syrian government is in full control of a town on the outskirts of Damascus that was held by rebels and was the site of a suspected chemical attack over the weekend.

The Russian leader warned against "ill-considered and risky actions. that would have consequences beyond conjecture".

Russian officials had said before the alleged attack in Douma that the rebels in Damascus suburbs were plotting chemical attacks to blame the Syrian government and set the stage for the US strike.

President Trump "has not yet made a decision about possible actions in Syria", Haley said.

"The threat to global peace and security is a violation of the United Nations charter". The Syrian government and Russian Federation have called reports of the attack bogus. The area that allegedly came under attack has since been surrendered by the militants. The ministry additionally pointed to previous alleged use of chemicals by the rebels in fighting with Syrian government troops. "I hope no one would dare to launch such an adventure now", Lavrov said.

The U.N. human rights investigators, led by Brazilian Paulo Pinheiro, say they have documented suspected war crimes committed by all sides in the seven-year conflict, as well as alleged crimes against humanity by Syrian government forces. The second most important thing is to ensure the work of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) specialists, who are expected to embark on their fact-finding mission on Saturday.

The officials said they were "confident" in the intelligence, but "not 100 percent sure" about it, the report added.

Lavrov said Russian Federation expects the OPCW team to quickly visit the site.

Some MPs have backed Britain acting against Syria, warning that the use of chemical weapons was in breach of worldwide law and could not be allowed to go unpunished.

'Today a significant event in the history of Syria took place, ' Major General Yury Yevtushenko, head of the Russian military's centre for reconciliation in Syria, was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency.

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 al-Assad's government.

Douma and the sprawling eastern Ghouta region near the capital, Damascus, had been under rebel control since 2012 and was a thorn in the side of Assad's government, threatening his seat of power with missiles and potential advances for years.

'The raising of a regime flag over a building in the town of Douma signified control over this town and consequently over Eastern Ghouta as a whole, ' he said.

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