Conflict in Syria – level 3

16-04-2018 07:00

On April 7th, there was a chemical attack in Duoma, Syria, in which 40–60 people died and between 500 to 1,000 people needed medical help.

On Friday 13th, experts from OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) reported that they would take samples from victims and from the site of the alleged attack.

Washington and London said with ‘very high confidence’ that the Syrian government carried out the attack. Syria claims it did not carry out the attack, and Russia stated that Britain staged the attack as a pretext for launching a wider military assault on Syria. The UK, unsurprisingly, says that this is not true.

Regardless of there being no agreement on who carried out the attack, the USA, UK and France attacked Syria. British Prime Minister Theresa May said that chemical weapons storage and production facilities were hit.

Difficult words: alleged (said to have happened without proof), stage (prepare, make), pretext (excuse, reason which is not real), facility (building).

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