U.N. chief urges restraint, avoid escalation in Syria

U.N. chief urges restraint, avoid escalation in Syria

The UN Security Council is now meeting at Russia’s request to discuss air strikes launched by the United States, France and Britain on Syria in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his opening remarks urged all members of the Security Council to exercise restraint and avoid escalation in Syria.

The Secretary-General also said that international investigators are ready to visit the site of the suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria’s Douma where several militias and armies are fighting proxy wars.

Russian Ambassador to the UN Vasily Nebenzya said the attack was an act of aggression against a sovereign state and that the US and its allies have demonstrated a blatant  disregard for international law.

Meanwhile, the US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the strikes were carefully planned to minimise civilian casualties.

Haley said US is “locked and loaded” to strike Syria again if the regime uses toxic gas again.

Arab News/Reuters/AP