UN Chief Urges Restraint After Strikes on Syria

USS Harry S. Truman
The USS Harry S. Truman on alert in the Eastern Mediterranean. Photo: Photographer's Mate 1st Class Michael W. Pendergrass, US Navy

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday called for restraint and for countries to avoid any acts that could escalate the situation in Syria after the United States, France and Britain carried out strikes.

“I urge all member states to show restraint in these dangerous circumstances and to avoid any acts that could escalate the situation and worsen the suffering of the Syrian people,” Guterres said in a statement.

The military operation was ordered in retaliation for what the West says was repeated use of chemical weapons by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad‘s forces against civilians.

“Any use of chemical weapons is abhorrent. The suffering it causes is horrendous,” Guterres said.

The U.N. chief said it was important to act in line with the U.N. charter and international law. He urged the U.N. Security Council to agree on establishing an inquiry that would identify the perpetrators of chemical attacks.

Russia this week vetoed a U.S. proposal to set up such a panel following an alleged chemical weapons attack on the rebel-held town of Douma that killed more than 40 people, according to medics and rescuers.

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