France says it will strike Syria if chemical attacks proven

Pauline Gross
February 14, 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron says his country will conduct an airstrike if the use of chemical weapons by Syria's Bashar al-Assad government is confirmed.

"If we have proof that chemical weapons banned by treaties have been used, we will hit where they are made, where they come from", Macron said, according to Bloomberg.

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.

"As soon as such proof is established, I will do what I said", the French President warned, noting that "the priority is the fight against" the so-called Islamic State (IS). Macron also called for an worldwide meeting on Syria, in the region if possible.

Macron said he has not seen evidence of such use, but that "France will strike" if any is discovered.

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On January 13, 2018 there was a suspected chlorine attack in an area between Douma and Harasta in Eastern Ghouta, using ground-launched rockets, caused a small number of civilians to be hospitalized for breathing difficulties, according to medics and human rights groups.

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