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Macron vows Syria strike if chemical weapons used

14 February 2018

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.

Speaking in Paris on Tuesday, Macron reaffirmed his stance that the use of chemical weapons represented a "red line" for his government.

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"We will strike the place where these launches are made or where they are organized", Macron told the presidential press corps. A red line has commonly been used among diplomats as a boundary or a limit that should not be crossed particularly in conflict. Assad has repeatedly denied using chemical weapons, but worldwide organizations have offered convincing evidence to the contrary. But Obama opted out of military reprisal and secured an agreement to dismantle the Syrian chemical arsenal.

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His comments follow numerous reports of suspected chlorine attacks in Syria since early January. They also claim that the Syrian regime used the nerve agent sarin in an aerial attack on Khan Sheikhoun on April 4, 2017 that killed about 100 people and affected about 200 others.

On Feb. 7 week, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said "all indications" suggest that Assad's forces were using chlorine weapons in the civil war against rebel forces, but being cautious said "we haven't completely documented this".

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Despite repeated USA warnings, the Syrian regime was reported to have used chlorine gas in Idlib Province earlier this month.

Macron vows Syria strike if chemical weapons used