Friday,22 February, 2019
Current issue | Issue 1389, (12 - 18 April 2018)
Friday,22 February, 2019
Issue 1389, (12 - 18 April 2018)

Ahram Weekly

Syria in the balance

photo: Reuters
photo: Reuters
Al-Ahram Weekly

A SUSPECTED chemical attack believed to have been carried out by Bashar Al-Assad in the militant-held area of Douma left at least 60 people dead and drew international condemnation.

In response, US President Donald Trump threatened of possible military action against the Syrian regime despite strong warnings from Damascus’s ally Russia.

The Al-Assad regime insists “the army, which is advancing rapidly and with determination, does not need to use any kind of chemical agents.” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov claims there is no evidence chemical weapons were used.

The Syrian government has invited the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to send a team to investigate the alleged chemical weapons attack. The UN chemical weapons watchdog has already started an investigation.  

More than 3,000 Geish Al-Islam militants and their families have been evacuated from Douma — part of the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta — as part of a Russian brokered deal that included the release of prisoners held by the militants.


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