Dozens reported killed in suspected Syria chemical attack

Smoke billows in the town of Douma the last opposition holdout in Syria's Eastern Ghouta

The European Union will remain mobilised to fight against the use of chemical weapons and to make sure that those responsible are held accountable, the statement said. But a network of flight monitors said they had observed a stream of Mi8 helicopters departing a Syrian government airbase and heading toward Douma between 8.25pm and 8.45, shortly before doctors started to record mass casualties.

Russian Federation has repeatedly blocked efforts to hold Syria accountable both at the United Nations and OPCW. "These reports, if confirmed, are horrifying and demand an immediate response by the worldwide community", US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.

One video of the new attack shared by activists showed bodies of around a dozen children, women and men, some with foam at the mouth. On Sunday morning, a civilian committee taking part in the talks between the rebels and Russian Federation announced "a ceasefire and the resumption of talks today" hoping it will lead to a "final accord". One of Trump's top homeland security advisers said the United States would not rule out launching another missile attack. Headed by Swedish scientist Ake Sellstrom and comprised of experts from the World Health Organization and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), it is tasked with looking into possible use of chemical weapons following reports of an attack in the northern town of Khan al-Assal.

A Syrian war-monitoring group says 14 people, including Iranians, were killed in a missile attack early in the morning on an air base in central Syria.

"We are ready, once Douma is freed from militants, to immediately send Russian specialists in radiation, chemical and biological defence to collect data that will confirm these claims are fabricated", he said, quoted by news agencies.

Israel has also struck inside Syria in recent years. And if the West is to go charging gung-ho into yet another major Middle-Eastern conflict then, as with Iraq, the unforeseen consequences may be as many and grotesque as post the 2003 invasion? Syria has cooperated with the United Nations to abolish its entire chemical weapons arsenal'.

"The SAMS and the Syrian Civil Defense Corps have documented more than 200 uses of chemical weapons in Syria since 2012 so far in Syria", Siraj Mahmood, a member of the White Helmets, said. To the moment, there are no reliable reports explaining how the attack took place and how many people have died. He added that Paris would assume all its responsibilities in the fight against chemical weapons.

As many as 70 people were feared dead and more than 500 were taken for treatment after Saturday's suspected attack in Douma.

Jaish al-Islam, the Saudi-funded rebel network that controls the area, freed the prisoners at midnight, according to Sana, Syria's state news agency.

A victory for government forces in Douma would deal a significant blow to the armed rebellion against Assad, whose government has wielded brutal force to snuff out a years-long uprising. Sunday's accord would tighten the government's grip on eastern Ghouta and bring it one step closer to reclaiming the whole of the Damascus suburb. Of these, 83,000 have gone to eight collective shelters in government-controlled areas on the outskirts of Damascus.

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