Russia knew of upcoming Syrian chemical attack – media

The United States has made a preliminary conclusion that Russia knew in advance of Syria`s chemical weapons attack last week, but has no proof of Moscow`s involvement, a senior U.S. official said Monday, according to the Associated Press.

The official said that a drone operated by Russians was flying over a hospital as victims of the attack were rushing to get treatment. Hours after the drone left, a Russian-made fighter jet bombed the hospital in what American officials believe was an attempt to cover up the usage of chemical weapons, AP wrote.

The U.S. official said the presence of the surveillance drone over the hospital couldn`t have been a coincidence, and that Russia must have known the chemical weapons attack was coming and that victims were seeking treatment.

Earlier, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he ordered missile strikes against a Syrian airfield from which a deadly chemical weapons attack was launched, declaring he acted in America`s ”vital national security interest.”

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