France has proof Assad regime used chemical weapons - Macron

France has proof Assad regime used chemical weapons - Macron

France has proof Assad regime used chemical weapons - Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron said France has proof the Syrian government was behind the suspected chemical attack last week in Douma, but added that he would decide whether to intervene once all the necessary information had been gathered.

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that he had evidence that chemical weapons were used in rebel-held enclave of Douma in Syria and that the regime of Bashar al-Assad was behind the attack. He didn't elaborate on exactly what that proof is. US President Donald Trump warned Syria and Russian Federation on Wednesday that he was readying missile strikes on Syria in retaliation for the attack.

With increasing concerns about a U.S. -Russia proxy war in Syria, Macron insisted that "France will not allow an escalation or something that could damage the stability" of the region.

Meanwhile, Trump has softened his rhetoric against Russian Federation and Syria, seeming to indicate in a tweet Thursday morning that an attack on Assad's regime was not imminent.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov urged against "any steps which could lead to an escalation of tensions".

"Germany will not take part in possible military action, on which no decisions have yet been taken", she told a press conference alongside Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen.

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Western states are thought to be preparing missile strikes in response to the alleged attack.

The UN's World Health Organisation has requested access to verify reports that 70 people died, including 43 who showed "symptoms consistent with exposure to highly toxic chemicals".

"Of course, the chemical attack is what pushed us to agree" to a withdrawal from Douma, said high-ranking Jaish al-Islam member Yasser Dalwan. The global chemical watchdog said it would deploy a team to investigate.

Douma was the last major rebel stronghold near Damascus.

That attack in Duma, a rebel-held town in Syria's eastern Ghouta region, left dozens dead, including children. The Syrian government has denied the allegations.

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