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World In Damascus, war-weary Syrians unfazed by threat of U.S. strike

03:20  13 april  2018
03:20  13 april  2018 Source:   cbsnews.com

WHO: 500 Douma patients had symptoms consistent with toxic weapons exposure

  WHO: 500 Douma patients had symptoms consistent with toxic weapons exposure The World Health Organisation condemned a suspected chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria last weekend, in which it said an estimated 500 patients went to health facilities with "signs and symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals"."WHO demands immediate unhindered access to the area to provide care to those affected, to assess the health impacts, and to deliver a comprehensive public health response," Peter Salama, WHO deputy director-general for emergency preparedness and response, said in a statement issued in Geneva.

Syrian President Bashar Assad has been seemingly at ease and unfazed in a number of times this week. He said that Western threats of military action are based on lies. Ali Jallal, who works in a clothing store, told us he is not scared about the prospect of a U . S . strike . "We've had war for seven

Syria 's president says any U . S . military strike against his regime would be based on lies. Syria and its ally Russia deny that a chemical attack took place in Douma. Seth Doane reports from Damascus .

Syrians in Damascus shrug off U.S. strike threats.: syrians.png © Reuters syrians.png

DAMASCUS, Syria -- President Trump may punish the Assad regime for an apparent chemical weapons attack that was carried out against civilians in Syria. While the threat of a U.S. military strike may be on minds there, it's not showing much. 

Medical student Khaled al-Anaz, 23, says he hasn't done anything differently in response to the news. 

"I have an ordinary life," al-Anaz said. 

It was a typical Thursday in a working class, residential neighborhood of Damascus, where people have heard about the alleged chemical attack and simply don't believe their government was behind it. 

Russia: Syria chemical attack 'fabrication' by foreign power

  Russia: Syria chemical attack 'fabrication' by foreign power Russia's foreign minister has asserted that a suspected chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma last weekend was fabricated with the help of an unspecified foreign intelligence agency. Sergey Lavrov says Russian experts have inspected the site of the alleged attack in Douma, just east of Damascus, and found no trace of chemical weapons. He says Moscow has "irrefutable information that it was another fabrication.

DAMASCUS , Syria — President Trump might punish the Assad regime for an obvious chemical weapons assault that was carried out towards civilians in Syria . Tags Damascus military strike Syrians threat unfazed warweary.

While the threat of a U . S . military strike may be on minds there, it's not showing much. President Donald Trump ordered targeted missile strikes on a Syrian airbase Thursday in U . S . Missiles Strike Syria Airfield, as Trump Admin. Gets Tough With Russia.

"How could Trump know if the terrorists used it or if the Syrian government did this?" al-Anaz asked. 

Syrian President Bashar Assad has been seemingly at ease and unfazed in a number of times this week. He said that Western threats of military action are based on lies. 

Ali Jallal, who works in a clothing store, told us he is not scared about the prospect of a U.S. strike. 

"We've had war for seven years," Jallal said. 

They're numb after so much war. In fact, Jallal questions whether the U.S. will really take action. 

Syria's strongest battlefield ally, Russia, claimed victory on Thursday in Douma, where Saturday's alleged chemical attack took place. 

When CBS News asked to visit Douma, authorities said it's still dangerous and the Syrian government is not fully in control. The government may make work difficult for the chemical weapons inspectors who are set to start their investigation on Saturday. 

Syrian army pounds IS-held district in capital's south .
Heavy regime bombardment pounded a southern district of Syria's capital Saturday, state media and a monitor said, as government forces pressed their campaign against Islamic State jihadists entrenched in the area. IS still holds large parts of the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk and the adjacent Hajar al-Aswad and Tadamun districts on the southern edge of Damascus.Since Thursday, regime forces have been shelling them heavily in a bid to pressure IS fighters to withdraw. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said six civilians have since been killed.

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