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Syria chemical attack : Britain, France, US present UN draft resolution

A draft resolution has been presented by Britain, France and the United States to the UN security Council condemning the suspected chemical attack in Syria and demanding a full investigation.

The text obtained by AFP,called on the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to report quickly on the findings of its fact-finding mission on the attack that killed at least 58 civilians including children in a rebel- held town in Idlib province.

The measure was circulated to the 15 council members on the eve of an emergency meeting requested by France and Britain to discuss the attack carried out in the early hours yesterday in the early hours yesterday in the town of Khan Sheikhoun. Britain, France and the United States are pushing for a vote on the draft text during the meeting today but it remained unclear  if Russia would support it, diplomats said.

The Britain based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 58 people died, including 11 children, in the early morning attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun, which witnesses said was carried out by Sukhoi jets operated by the Russian and Syrian governments.

The resolution condemns in the strongest terms of using chemical weapons in Syria.

Syria would also allow UN and OPCW teams to visit air bases from which the attacks involving chemical weapons may have been launched, according to the text.

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