France threatens to strike Syria if regime continues using chemical weapons

France threatens to strike Syria if regime continues using chemical weapons

The Syrian regime, headed by President Bashar Al-Assad, has used chemical weapons 211 times since the start of the crisis, the Syrian Network for Human Rights said yesterday.

"We will strike the place where these launches are made or where they are organised", he told reporters.

Some 109 occurred after the 2015 United Nations adoption of Resolution 2209 which condemns any use of chemicals as a weapon in the Syrian Civil War and threatens to use force if chemical weapons are used again in the conflict.

The Syrian regime itself, either during or after the conflict, "will be answerable to global justice", he added.

In a telephone call with Mr Putin on Friday, Mr Macron expressed concern over "indications suggesting the possible use of chlorine" against civilians in recent weeks, his office said. I have told (Russian President Vladimir) Putin to be very clear with the Syrian regime.

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"On chemical weapons, I set a red line and I reaffirm that red line".

On February 5, a bomb believed to contain chlorine was dropped from a helicopter on Saraqeb, in the largely jihadist-controlled northwestern province of Idlib, leading to cases of breathing difficulties said the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights.

The Syrian government in late January denied carrying out chemical weapons attacks and its ally Moscow denounced the charges as a "propaganda campaign", stressing that the perpetrators had not been identified. He says a military response is on the table if investigators uncover evidence of a recent sarin attack.

"We will strike at the location where it happened, or where it was organized".

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