Macron has 'proof', to decide on Syria air strikes

Macron and Verhofstadt

"We have evidence chemical weapons were used and that it was the regime who used them", said Macron as he reiterated his position that attacking Damascus was necessary, Efe news reported.

"We have proof that last week. chemical weapons were used, at least chlorine, and that they were used by the regime of Bashar al-Assad", Macron said during a television interview. He didn't elaborate on exactly what that proof is.

British Prime Minister Theresa May was said to be organizing a Cabinet meeting to discuss the steps her country would take if US President Donald Trump followed through on his threats to strike Syria.

President Trump has sent mixed messages on the US response, warning Russian Federation in a tweet Wednesday to "get ready" for USA missile strikes in Syria in retaliation for the attack.

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.

It "could be very soon or not so soon at all", said the president, who has cancelled a planned trip to stay in the United States with his defence secretary, and who has been canvassing support for strikes from the leaders of other countries including the United Kingdom and France.

Macron said in February this year that "France will strike" if chemical weapons are used against civilians.




British Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday summoned her senior ministers to a special Cabinet meeting to discuss joining the USA and France in possible military action against Syria after a suspected poison gas attack on civilians.

She also added that Germany would continue to support measures to show that use of chemical weapons was "unacceptable".

Macron stated that France has yet to determine a response to last week's attack.

It remains hard to place an exact figure on the number of people killed and wounded Saturday in the rebel-held town of Douma, on the outskirts of Damascus.

"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.

First responders said more than 40 people died on Saturday after suffering symptoms consistent with chemical exposure, including wheezing, discoloured skin and foaming at the mouth. "Our teams work closely together", he said.

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