Global chemical weapons experts will go Douma to investigate the suspected poison gas attack, their organization said Tuesday, as the United States and other Western powers consider military action over the incident.
The United Nationals Security Council remained "paralyzed" on investigating the recent alleged chemical weapons use in Syria with Russian Federation and the United States continuing to shoot down each other's proposals Tuesday.
The UN Security Council [official website] on Tuesday voted not to adopt [UN report] three proposed resolutions that would implement measures to investigate the use of chemical weapons, among other issues, in Syria.
The United States and other countries then blocked a rival Russian bid to set up a separate probe that would require the Security Council to attribute responsibility.
The other proposal, submitted by Russian Federation, proposed to establish an independent investigative mechanism for one year but would have granted authority to the Security Council to assign accountability for chemical use in Syria.
The US, UK and France launched coordinated strikes against three Syrian sites in retaliation for the an alleged chemical weapons attack on civilians in the last rebel stronghold of Douma, leaving at least 49 people dead.
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The only other country joining Russian Federation against the resolution was Bolivia, while China abstained.
Russia's UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia accused the United States of wanting the resolution to fail "to justify the use of force against Syria".
The vote reflected the deep divisions in the U.N.'s most powerful body, which has been paralyzed in dealing with the seven-year Syrian conflict and chemical weapons use in the country.
The Hague-based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said Syria had been asked to make the necessary arrangements for the deployment of an investigation team.
"The pictures of dead children were not fake news", Haley said".
But UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the use of chemical weapons is "abhorrent and requires a thorough investigation", according to his chief spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, at a briefing Monday before the emergency meeting.
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The draft resolution, obtained by The Associated Press, singles out Sunday's attack on Douma in the Damascus suburbs, and expresses "outrage that individuals continue to be killed and injured by chemical weapons" in Syria and "determination that those responsible must be held accountable".
The whole situation with the threats against Syria, made by the USA and its allies, resembles their previous aggressive actions, namely in Iraq and Libya, when the United Nations was used simply to justify their steps, the Russian envoy added.
Thank you to France and the United Kingdom for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military. And we have to know that we're taking every precaution necessary, should we take action.
The OPCW said it would "shortly" deploy a fact-finding team to Douma for an investigation, but U.S. officials said they were working from their own information and would not necessarily hold back.
"An aggression of a sovereign state was carried out, which is on the front line of the fight against terrorism", Nebenzia said. It is now operating off Lebanon alongside U.S. ships as part of France's military contingent fighting Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq. Six of those resolutions would have condemned the regime for chemical weapons attacks. Activists and doctors in rebel-held areas said the six-car United Nations convoy was scheduled to visit the scene of strikes in the eastern Ghouta suburbs.
In a notice posted to Eurocontrol's website, EASA said: "Due to the possible launch of air strikes into Syria with air-to-ground and/or cruise missiles within the next 72 hours, and the possibility of intermittent disruption of radio navigation equipment, due consideration needs to be taken".
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