US warns Syria potentially preparing new chemical attack similar to April attack in northern Syria

The United States says it has identified potential preparations for a chemical attack by Syrian government forces similar to an April attack in northern Syria that prompted US air-strikes in response.

In a statement issued yesterday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of a heavy price if another strike occurred.

It said another chemical attack by the Assad regime is likely to result in the mass murder of civilians.

President Trump ordered the strike on the Shayrat airfield in Syria in April in reaction to what Washington said was a poison gas attack by Assad’s government that killed at least 70 people in rebel-held territory. President Assad has denied his forces were behind the suspected nerve gas attack.

The latest development comes amid increasing tension in the region between the US and President Assad’s ally, Russia. The Kremlin recently warned the US-led coalition that it would view its aircraft as targets after the US shot down a Syrian military plane.

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