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UN council to vote on condemning Syria chlorine bombs

The United Nations Security Council seen during a meeting on March 4, 2015 at the United NationsThe UN Security Council is set to vote on Friday on a US-drafted resolution that threatens measures against the Syrian regime over its alleged use of chlorine bombs. While the measure does not single out the Damascus regime over the use of chlorine, Western powers have made clear that the evidence points to attacks being carried out by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces. The draft text states that the Security Council “decides in the event of future non-compliance… to impose measures under chapter 7” of the UN charter, which provides for sanctions and possibly military force. It remained unclear whether Russia, Syria’s ally, would support the move and its serious threat of punitive measures.

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