Trump, Macron vow ‘strong, joint response’ to Syria

WASHINGTON- US President Donald Trump and the US long standing ally French president Emmanuel Macron vowed on Sunday a, “strong, joint response” to a suspected chemical attack that left dozens dead in Syria’s rebel-held town of Douma, the White House said.

The statement said the two spoke in a phone call, “Both leaders strongly condemned the horrific chemical weapons attacks in Syria and agreed that the Assad regime must be held accountable for its continued human rights abuses,”

“They agreed to exchange information on the nature of the attacks and coordinate a strong, joint response.”

The Syrian suspect chemical attack has reportedly killed 40 civilians according to civil rights and human rights groups.

First respondents in Syria the White Helmets said the attack took place late on┬áSaturday using “poisonous chlorine gas”.

A joint statement issued by the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) and the White Helmets said, “More than 500 cases – the majority of whom are women and children – were brought to local medical centres with symptoms indicative of exposure to a chemical agent,”

They said the patients had shown signs of, “respiratory distress, central cyanosis, excessive oral foaming, corneal burns, and the emission of chlorine-like odour”

Photo Credit- The New York Times


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