Syrian pro-government forces have been evacuated from main airports and military air bases in anticipation of a USA missile strike, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. Trump had on Monday warned of a quick, forceful response once responsibility for the Syria attack was established.
The targeted al-Shirai air base is located in al-Dimas, the commander told Reuters.
“This persistent pattern of behavior must be stopped – not just to protect innocent people in Syria from the horrific deaths and casualties caused by chemical weapons but also because we can not allow the erosion of the worldwide norm that prevents the use of these weapons. We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences”.
A Downing Street spokesman said: “The Prime Minister spoke to the French President Emmanuel Macron this evening about the horrific attack in Douma, Syria on Saturday”.
Assad said the threats by Western countries against Syria were “on the basis of lies they have fabricated”, denying any responsibility for the suspected chemical attack.
Mr Trump appeared to row back from a suggestion on Wednesday that missile strikes were imminent, insisting in his latest tweet that he had never set out a timetable for military action.
“Our president has not yet made a decision about possible action in Syria“, Haley told a Security Council meeting.
Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Facebook that “smart” missiles would destroy any evidence of a suspected chemical weapons attack.
Intense discussions are ongoing over how, and when, to punish Syria following an apparent chemical attack this week.
“The goal of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production, spread and use of chemical weapons”, he wrote.
“They know we are there, I wish there was dialect [sic]though the proper channels on this to avert any risky developments”, Nebenzia added. “Could be very soon or not so soon at all!”. Survivors recount the horrors of the 2013 Ghouta attack What has Trump said about the attack?
As tensions mounted over a face-off with Damascus-ally Russian Federation, opponents of unilateral USA action called an emergency closed-door meeting of the UN Security Council for Thursday. “Now we have to make some … decisions, so they’ll be made fairly soon”. “I can’t go beyond that”, Sanders told reporters. This is in contrast to an incident one year ago in which the US government had video and other evidence of certain aspects of an actual attack by Syrian aircraft, which involved the use of sarin gas.
“Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path or if it will join with civilized nations as a force for stability and peace”, he said.