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Defiant Trump warns missiles 'will be coming' over Syria attack

AFP  |  Washington 

US said today that "missiles will be coming" in response to an in Syria, defying Russian warnings against a strike.

Upping the stakes in an escalating confrontation with Moscow, Trump took to in the strongest assertion yet that he plans to take military action in

"vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and 'smart!' You shouldn't be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!" Trump wrote.

Trump and other Western leaders have vowed a quick and forceful response to Saturday's alleged gas attack, which rescue workers say killed more than 40 people in the rebel-held suburb of Douma.

Efforts to find a at the yesterday failed, with and opposing each other's rival motions to set up an international investigation into use.

has meanwhile taken to stronger and stronger warnings.

"We would hope that all sides will avoid steps that in reality are not provoked by anything and that could destabilise the already fragile situation in the region," said.

"The situation is tense," Peskov said, adding that is calling for an "unprejudiced and objective investigation before making judgements" on the suspected use of

Russian also insisted that "smart rockets should be aimed at terrorists, rather than the legitimate government" of

Trump has said he plans to make the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad, and perhaps his Russian and Iranian backers, pay a "big" price for the latest in the war-wracked country.

The United States, Britain and have argued the incident bears all the hallmarks of a strike ordered by the regime, which has been blamed for previous attacks by the Organisation for the Prohibition of (OPCW).

Both Trump and his abruptly cancelled upcoming travel plans yesterday, as the USS Donald Cook -- a guided-missile destroyer -- moved to within striking range of Syria.

The air traffic control agency has also released an alert from the to flight operators in nearby airspace of "the possible launch of air strikes into Syria with air-to-ground and/or cruise missiles within the next 72 hours."

French Emmanuel Macron, who has been coordinating closely with Washington, said he would decide on a response "in the coming days."


"Our decision will not target allies of the regime or attack anyone but rather attack the regime's chemical capabilities," he said, insisting he did "not want an escalation."

As it looked to head off the threat of Western strikes, Syria said it had invited the OPCW to visit the site of the alleged attack in Douma, a town in the suburb of Eastern Ghouta that is on the verge of falling to the regime after a long and bloody siege.

The OPCW said it would "shortly" deploy a fact-finding team to Douma for an investigation, but US officials said they were working from their own information and would not necessarily hold back.

The on Wednesday demanded "immediate" access to the victims of the

"We should all be outraged at these horrific reports and images from Douma," said Peter Salama, the UN agency's of emergency response.

"WHO demands immediate unhindered access to the area to provide care to those affected, to assess the health impacts, and to deliver a comprehensive public health response," he added.

In 2017, Trump launched a cruise missile strike against a Syrian air base in retaliation for a sarin attack the UN later pinned on Assad.

has denied accusations of using banned weapons such as chlorine or sarin throughout the country's civil war.

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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 18:10 IST
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