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Syrians wounded in the city of Aleppo. Credit kafeinkolik shutterstock
The US strike last April did not deliver a consistent response and failed to deter chemical attacks, while the apparent success of Syria's air defense system may give greater confidence to Damascus, particularly if the allied strike failed to destroy key targets or pre-existing chemical weapon stocks, Dewey said.
- Syrian state TV called the attacks a "blatant violation of global law and shows contempt for worldwide legitimacy".
Russia's demand for condemnation and an immediate halt to "aggression" and "any further use of force" by the three Western allies got support from only two other countries on the 15-member Security Council- China and Bolivia.
Guterres renewed his call for an investigation to identify the perpetrators of the chemical attack.
Saeed Saeed, head of the Institution for the Development of Pharmaceutical and Chemical Industries, said the center was previously used by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) but now works on pharmaceutical products.
"I urge all member states to show restraint in these unsafe circumstances and to avoid any acts that could escalate matters and worsen the suffering of the Syrian people", the UN Secretary General said.
Trump did the same on Friday, with allies France and Britain, in a response meant to deter Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from using chemical weapons again, but which was unlikely to change his grip on power.
"The president does need to come to Congress", she said on NBC's Meet the Press.
Syrian envoy to the UN Bashar Jaafari claimed that the Douma attack was a "masquerade" mounted by rebels.
Negotiations stalled on April 6, the day before the strikes.
A USA official said that while top aides such as Defense Secretary Jim Mattis had persuaded Trump to avoid the tougher action the president initially wanted, arguing that that would have risked escalation with Assad ally Russian Federation, the administration is no closer to crafting a comprehensive strategy on the war in Syria.
On Saturday Trump, British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron huddled by telephone to discuss their joint action.
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