I'v Proof Syria Attacked Citizens With Chemical Weapons - Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron arrives inside the classroom prior to attend an one-hour interview with French news channel TF1 at a school in Berd’huis

French President Emmanuel Macron arrives inside the classroom prior to attend an one-hour interview with French news channel TF1 at a school in Berd’huis

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that his government has proof Bashar al-Assad's regime used chemical weapons in an attack on a suburb in Syria last week.

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday a decision on whether to carry out military strikes on Syrian chemical weapons' facilities would be made in the coming days after more consultations with the United States and Britain.

"I suspect that the Americans and French have forced themselves into action and will still move militarily but the growing awareness of the difficulty of the situation is clearly injecting real caution into the mix", he added.

US President Donald Trump is still weighing options for military action against Syria.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the attack with Macron on Thursday, her office said.

The subject of chemical weapons' use in Syria has been a thorny issue for Macron.

Peskov wouldn't say if Moscow could use a Russian-U.S. military hotline to avoid escalation in the event of a U.S. strike, saying only that "the hotline exists and has remained active".

Asked to comment on possible US strikes, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said that "it's necessary to avoid any steps that may fuel tensions in Syria".


Reports about the chemical weapons attack in Syria emerged on Saturday, claiming that a chlorine-filled bomb dropped by the Syrian military killed up to 70 people.

That attack in Duma, a rebel-held town in Syria's eastern Ghouta region, left dozens dead, including children.

A top Syrian rebel official told AFP on Thursday that his faction only agreed to abandon its battered enclave outside Damascus because of an alleged toxic gas 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.

The agreement was announced on Sunday morning by Syria's government and its ally Russian Federation, just hours after toxic gases were allegedly released on Douma.

He said he would decide "in due course" whether to respond with air strikes.

A team from the world's chemical arms watchdog, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), was expected to arrive in Syria on Thursday and Friday begin a fact-finding mission in Douma.

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