Chlorine gas attack suspected in East Ghouta for third time this year

Reuters

"These attacks constitute clear violations of worldwide humanitarian law and the Convention on Chemical Weapons", the report says.

Heather Nauert, the US State Department spokesperson, said on Thursday that the US was "extremely concerned" about reports of the Assad regime carrying out another chlorine gas attack.

Two senior administration officials warned that the USA could take military action against Syria following a new rash of reports of chemical weapons used against civilians supposedly carried out by the country's government, The Cipher Brief reported.

The senior USA officials, speaking to journalists on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly, said there did not appear to have been any "large use" of banned munitions since April.

The US and Russian Federation agreed in 2013 to destroy Syria's chemical weapons arsenal by 2014.

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US official: Assad's regime may be developing new types of chemical weapons

Those unnamed officials from the Trump administration have said, according to Reuters, Washington has not ruled out the possibility of a military action in order to deter Damascus from employing chemical weapons. In April of 2017, Trump ordered an attack on a Syrian airbase after a chemical attack blamed on the Syrian regime in Khan Sheikhun. The US believes it has a firm understanding of the extent of chemical use in Syria through a combination of intelligence, sample testing by third countries and social media and other open-source information, the officials said.

The Trump administration is reportedly warning Syria that if reports of chemical weapon attacks continue, it will strike like it did in April.

The Syrian army has used chemical weapons several times since April and may have also been developing new types of chemical weapons, a senior United States official said on Thursday. The officials noted that the underlying chemicals are easy to acquire or produce, and said the USA does not believe ISIS has gotten a hold of military stockpiles in either Iraq or Syria.

Reports of chemical attacks have continued to stream in from Syria, noted AP, including as recently as Thursday, when rescue workers in the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Douma reported what they described as a suspected chlorine gas attack that injured a number of civilians.

It was unclear whether White Helmets was suggesting the three people who had been killed died of suffocation.

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