US Ambassador Nikki Haley has indicated new economic sanctions will be announced Monday against Russia for enabling the government of Syrian leader Bashar Assad to continue using chemical weapons. The ambassador to the UN said Russia has blocked six attempts by the UN Security Council to make it easier to investigate the use of chemical weapons. “The international community will not allow chemical weapons to come back into our everyday life,” she said in an interview aired Sunday. The military said there were three targets: the Barzah chemical weapons research and development site in the Damascus area, a chemical weapons storage facility near Homs and a chemical weapons “bunker” a few miles from the second target. Although officials said the singular target was Assad’s chemical weapons capability, his air force, including helicopters he allegedly has used to drop chemical weapons on civilians, were spared.
Source: Egypt Independent April 16, 2018 04:41 UTC