UN warns against letting Syria crisis 'spiral' out of control

US wants UN vote on Tuesday on Syria gas attack inquiry

Chemical weapons watchdog will send inspectors to Syria to probe Douma attack

Despite the deadlock in the Security Council, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) - the body which investigates allegations of such attacks - said yesterday that it would shortly send a team to Syria to "establish the facts" surrounding the incident.

The vote reflected support for the airstrikes on Syrian chemical sites but also again demonstrated the paralysis of the U.N.'s most powerful body in dealing with the seven-year-long Syrian conflict.

"A perfectly executed strike last night".

Had one of the two mechanisms proposed in the drafts been approved, it could have filled the vacuum left by the Organisation for Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) when its mandate expired last November.

US navy motion much like final yr's would probably not trigger a shift within the course of the conflict that has gone Assad's manner since 2015 with large support from Iran and Russian Federation.

The Russian envoy to the United Nations called on the West to "refrain from plans" it might be harboring for Syria, after three consecutive resolutions to investigate the alleged recent chemical attack near Damascus failed to pass at the Security Council, RT reports.

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"The situation in the world is becoming more and more chaotic but all the same we hope that common sense will finally prevail and worldwide relations will take a constructive path", he said.

The US, Britain and France took military action in response to an alleged chemical attack in the rebel-held town of Douma a week ago that killed at least 40 people.

Trump's tweets were more belligerent.

The incident has sparked global outrage and ratcheted up tensions in the already volatile Mideast, raising the specter of possible imminent American retaliation amid Russia's warnings against any such action, and denials that any chemical weapons attack took place.

President Donald Trump has vowed to respond "forcefully" to Saturday's attack and warned that Russian Federation - or any other nation found to share responsibility - will "pay a price".

The mission will aim to determine whether banned munitions were used but will not assign blame.

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The United States, Britain and France have argued that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces had used toxic gases multiple times in violation of worldwide law.

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres said Tuesday the OPCW should be granted unfettered access to investigate.

The Pentagon on Saturday said the strikes set the country's chemical weapons capability back "for years".

May 2014: China and Russian Federation block a French-drafted proposal for the Security Council to refer Syrian crimes to the International Criminal Court (ICC) is blocked.

Syria's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that Trump's threats to attack are "reckless" and endanger global peace and security.

The weekly magazine Le Point said the Russian plane had flown over the frigate Aquitaine and was fully armed. It is now operating off Lebanon alongside US ships as part of France's military contingent fighting Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq. Israel does not typically comment on its operations in Syria, and it is unclear whether the missile attack was linked to the alleged use of chemical weapons.

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