The United States, the United Kingdom and France have warned of a “serious response” to the alleged chemical attack in Damascus on Wednesday.
The U.S. has stated that it is ready to act and has reportedly repositioned its naval forces in the Mediterranean. President Barrack Obama has said that any use of chemical weapons would be a “red line” for the U.S.
The UK is pushing for military action. British Foreign Secretary, William Hague said: “We are clear in the British government that it was the Assad regime that carried out this chemical attack…large scale chemical attack. All of the evidence points in that direction, in that one direction. The eyewitness accounts, the fact this area was under bombardment by the regime forces at the time the chemical attack took place”.
France has stated if the use of chemical weapons is confirmed by the investigating team then it does not rule out the use of force.
Speaking in Jerusalem, where he has met with both Israeli and Palestinian authorities, the French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, said “from the moment the facts are proven in an incontestable way, there will be a response.” He added that “the response should be tough” but could not confirm “what exactly the response” would be.
In an interview with Lebanese television, Omran Zoabi, the Syrian Information Minister has warned the United States that an attack would cause “a ball of fire” across the Middle East.