United Nations chief says Mideast 'chaos' threatens global peace

16 April, 2018, 01:29 | Author: Hope Soto
  • Chemical Attacks in Syria UN Council Must Prevent Syria'Spiralling Out of Control, Says Antonio Guterres

Following air strikes launched at Syria by a US-led coalition including France and the UK as a response to a purported chemical weapons attack on civilians by forces loyal to Assad, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has warned that further aggressive moves by the West risk a "full-blown military escalation" in the region, according to the Independent.

He stressed that there is no military solution to the Syrian conflict.

"Syria indeed today represents the most serious threat to global peace and security", Guterres said.

Yildirim on Friday again condemned the "heinous" the attack in Douma and said the perpetrators should "pay a price".

Palestinian protesters hurl stones at Israeli troops at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, Friday, April 13, 2018. During the period she was drugged and raped by as many as six men. Israel has accused the Hamas terror group of trying to carry out border attacks under the cover of large protests.

"We rule out the situation developing into a direct American-Russian clash or a wide state of war", Sheikh Naim Qassem told Lebanese daily al-Joumhouria in an interview.

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A wildfire in northwestern Oklahoma burned more than 120,000 acres Thursday and forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes. Strong winds may make travel hard and unsafe . "So we do have a lot of moisture with it, and a lot of energy", Beitlich said.


Erdogan says: "What we insisted on tenaciously was the fact that is not right for tensions to heat up; we made requests concerning the restitution of peace and the end of the tragedy that is going on".

"We extend our heartfelt prayers to the people of Syria whom have suffered long enough, and continues to be deeply affected, by the conflict and cross-fires between both sides of the divide", he said. He singled out "recent confrontations between Iran and Israel in Syria.

I urge the Security Council to assume its responsibilities and fill this gap", he said.

Echoing the USA stance, France said Assad's government had reached a "point of no return" with repeated use of chemical weapons.

He said it was a priority to get inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to the Damascus suburb of Douma, where the suspected gas attack took place last weekend, so they could see what happened - and "that nothing prevents them from doing it".

In today's briefing to the Council, the United Nations chief warned that "increasing tensions and the inability to reach a compromise in the establishment of an accountability mechanism threaten to lead to a full-blown military escalation".

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