Defeat Daesh in Syria, Then Worry About Assad - US Senator

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UNICEF says another 546 people, including many children, were wounded, and that casualty figures are expected to rise.

When asked if Russia would reconsider its backing for Assad, Russia's Foreign Ministry instead challenged the U.S. to show its cards. Syria's complex conflict has paralyzed a divided United Nations Security Council and left Western leaders reluctant to face the possible consequences of military intervention against Assad. He is the legal president of an independent state.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov warned against "snap judgments" on what happened in Idlib. "It's indeed a very menacing course of events, unsafe and frightful crime. However, sticking labels on everyone, prematurely, is not a correct thing to do, in our opinion", he told reporters on a regular call Thursday.

Nearly a year later, Assad's regime killed more than 1,400 people in a chemical weapons attack on the city of Damascus.

Trump has maintained that the bloodshed in Syria was the result of weak policy under the previous Obama administration. It was blamed on the Syrian regime and prompted Obama to threaten military action.

"If it is the case that it has been conducted by the Assad regime, it shows the barbarism of that regime and what I would say is all those who are backing that regime, including Russian Federation, need to use their influence to stop Assad from bombarding and dealing with his people in such a horrific way".

At the UN Security Council an hour earlier, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley stood at her desk to show diplomats photos of dying children gasping for air.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said thee attack would need to be investigated.

He says the West lacks objective evidence against Assad, and materials presented by Syrian activist White Helmets first-responder team can not serve as a proof.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Assad a "murderer" over the incident.

He did not mention Russia, Syria's ally, which says chemical weapons in rebel hands may have been released. He added that the Syrian army must act to "prevent any chemical agents that can be used as weapons from falling into the terrorists' hands".

The attack on Tuesday in the northwestern province of Idlib bore the signs of illegal chemical weapons use, according to human rights groups.

The U.S., Britain, and Turkey have blamed Syrian government forces for the attack, but Assad and close ally Russian Federation have said it was caused by a government airstrike on a rebel chemical weapons facility, with Syria saying Thursday the strike targeted an arms depot of Al Nusra Front, a powerful al-Qaida affiliate in the area.

Hospitalized victims told CNN, that they saw planes drop chemical-laden bombs. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the US data on the attack was not objective and that it was premature of the blame Syria.

Another victims of the attack was treated at a hospital in Turkey.

"At 6:30 in the morning, the plane struck".

He said he ran toward his house and found his grandfather slumped over.

The wounded had been brought from Idlib through Turkey's Cilvegozu border gate for the treatment in the Reyhanli district of Hatay province. I had difficulty breathing, but I feel better now.