Russian Federation challenges Trump after Syria chemical attack

Another survivor, Ahmed Abdel Rahim, 31, stared vacantly from his hospital bed while explaining he was hit with a poisonous substance carried by three rockets.

In Turkey, state-run Anadolu and the private DHA news agencies quoted Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag as saying that "it was determined after the autopsy that a chemical weapon was used".

"These latest statements contradict everything the new administration has said about Syria so far".

How to bring Bashar al-Assad to account? He did not specify what chemical they thought was used in the attack.

The death toll from the strike increased overnight to 86 dead, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a United Kingdom -based monitoring group. Turkey reacted by sending ambulances from southern Turkey to the town, transferring 32 wounded Syrians to a medical facility.

In an interview published Thursday, however, Assad insisted that a military victory was the government's only option.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Assad a "murderer" over the incident.

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He questioned how come world powers were so quick to point the accusation at the government, just an hour after the attack.

Russian diplomats submitted their own draft resolution regarding an investigation into Tuesday's attack, Interfax reported.

The president declined to say what the USA would do in response, but said his "attitude towards Syria and Assad has changed very much". His ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, warned that Washington could take unilateral action if the U.N. failed "in its duty to act collectively".

Some 90 people were killed by the suspected chemical weapons Tuesday in rebel-held Khan Sheikhun in northern Syria.

The chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun confronts Trump with the same dilemma that former President Barack Obama faced after a previous alleged sarin attack against rebels in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta in 2013, one of the most infamous episodes in the six-year conflict. But doing nothing after the "red line" of an illegal chemical weapons attack had been crossed would be read as a de facto signal to Assad that he was free to continue committing atrocities with impunity.

Asked whether Israel should be more directly involved in the war in Syria, Lieberman replied, "Why would it be up to us to do the work of others?"

Russian Federation defended its key Middle Eastern ally on Wednesday, saying that Syria did carry out a chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun, but that the strike hit a depot holding "toxic" weapons belonging to rebel and jihadi groups.

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