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Russian Federation not tampering with Syria attack site

Russian Federation not tampering with Syria attack site

The prospect of Western military action in Syria that could lead to confrontation with Russian Federation hung over West Asia on Friday but there was no clear sign a US-led attack was imminent.

The medics said none of the patients were hurt by chemicals.

Around 75 people, including children, were killed in the Douma assault, United Kingdom officials said, while 500 people were treated in the attack's aftermath with symptoms consistent with chemical weapons exposure, the World Health Organization reported.

Maj Gen Konashenkov said Britain was "directly involved in the provocation".

Russia's foreign minister says the suspected chemical attack in Syria over the weekend was staged.

As fears of a Russia-West military confrontation mounted, French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his "deep concerns" over the situation in Syria in a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Its fact-finding team reached Syria on Saturday, the day of the US-led airstrikes against Syrian government targets in response to the April 7 attack.

The Russian leader warned against "ill-considered and risky actions ... that would have consequences beyond conjecture".

There was no word from Putin himself, though Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow was in contact with Washington to discuss an atmosphere which he described as alarming.

During a U.N. Security Council meeting Friday, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley condemned Russian Federation for saying the attack was staged.

But Nebenzia said the goal was to oust President Bashar al-Assad from power. Our allies know who did this.