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Russia has come under fire at the UN Security Council over its comments about the suspected chemical weapons attack in northern Syria.
Russia claims the civilians died due to the leakage of poison from rebel weapons after one of their stockpiles was hit by Syrian airstrikes.
This assertion has been widely rejected by world powers who say the Syrian government knowingly targeted the rebel munitions.
Britain, France and the United States presented a draft resolution during Wednesday’s emergency meeting, condemning the attack and demanding an investigation.
Russia said the text was hastily prepared, but did voice support for an inquiry.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said war crimes are going on Syria, but when asked if he thought Assad was responsible, he called for a clear probe to remove all doubts.
President Trump said the attacks were an affront to humanity, but wasn’t clear on what action he would take.
America’s UN envoy Nikki Haley said Washington would take unilateral action if the UN fails to reach a consensus.
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