Blood samples show nerve agent, chlorine in Syria gas attack

Germany will not participate in attacks on the Assad regime according to Chancellor Angela Merkel

Theresa May is convening an emergency Cabinet meeting to authorise a military response against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's forces.

White Helmets first-responder volunteer and activists claimed an alleged chemical attack on April 7 by the Syrian government killed over 40 people in the town of Douma, the allegations that drew worldwide outrage and prompted Washington and its allies to consider a military response.

Trump said on Twitter on Thursday that a possible military strike against Syria "could be very soon or not so soon at all".

More buses carrying evacuees and their belongings continued to leave Douma, just east of the Syrian capital, amid heightened tensions on Friday.

As fears of a Russia confrontation with Western powers mount, French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his "deep concerns" over the situation in Syria in a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Donald Trump has warned Russian Federation that missiles "will be coming" to Syria in response to a chemical weapons attack on civilians at the weekend. She told her senior ministers on Thursday the Douma events showed a "deeply concerning" erosion of global legal norms barring the use of chemical weapons. The Syrian government has been known to use chlorine bombs, along with sarin, a nerve agent developed by Nazi Germany that was used in a 2013 attack that killed almost 1,500 people outside of Damascus. There's been a lot of debate about what to do - is the chemical attack real?

Theresa May is reportedly adamant that the United Kingdom plays an equal part in any military action against Syria.

Bouthaina Shaaban, a top adviser to Assad, described the army's recapture of eastern Ghouta as a "decisive point" in an interview on Wednesday, saying the rebels' defeat had pushed the West to wage "psychological war" by threatening strikes. The second most important thing is to ensure the work of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) specialists, who are expected to embark on their fact-finding mission on Saturday.

Trump wrote in an incendiary early morning tweet that the missiles would be "nice and new and smart!", after a Russian official said any strike in retaliation to the attack on the rebel-held town of Douma would be shot down.

Russian lawmakers have warned the United States that Moscow would view an airstrike on Syria as a war crime and that it could trigger a direct U.S-Russian military clash.

Lavrov said Russian Federation expects the OPCW team to quickly visit the site.

On Thursday, Russia's military said Douma has been brought under full control of the Syrian government under a Russia-mediated deal that secured the evacuation of the rebels and thousands of civilians after it was recaptured by Syrian forces.

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