Syria chemical ‘attack’: Trump condemns ‘affront to humanity’

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Media captionTrump: Syria attack ‘crossed a lot of lines for me’

US President Donald Trump has condemned the killing of dozens of civilians in northern Syria in an apparent chemical weapons attack by Syria’s air force.

It was an “affront to humanity”, he said, adding: “When you kill innocent children, innocent babies, little babies… that crosses… many lines.”

He did not mention Russia, Syria’s ally, which says chemical weapons in rebel hands may have been released.

But America’s envoy to the UN accused Russia of covering up for Damascus.

“Time and time again Russia uses the same false narrative to deflect attention from their ally in Damascus,” Nikki Haley said during a heated UN Security Council debate in New York.

Hinting at possible unilateral action by the US, she added: “When the United Nations consistently fails in its duty to act collectively, there are times in the life of states that we are compelled to take our own action.”

The government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad denies its forces launched a chemical weapons attack.

What happened?

According to UK-based monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 20 children and 52 adults were killed in the chemical incident in Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib province, on Tuesday.

Footage following the incident shows civilians, many of them children, choking and foaming at the mouth.

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Media captionRescue workers said many children were among those killed or injured in the attack

Both the World Health Organisation and medical charity MSF said some of the victims had symptoms consistent with exposure to nerve…

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