Reports consistent with chemical exposure in Syria

A general view taken with a drone shows part of Idlib city Syria

A general view taken with a drone shows part of Idlib city Syria

May's comments came after the U.S. State Department on Tuesday issued a warning to the Assad regime on suspicion it could be conducting a new chemical weapons attack in northwest Syria.

The US State Department suspects the regime of using chemical weapons during its current offensive.

The Trump administration has twice bombed Syria over Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons, in April 2017 and April 2018.

In April, Syrian and Russian forces launched a heavy bombing campaign in Idlib and the Hama Province.

"This time it was on rebel fighters, but there is nothing to say they won't use chemicals again - next time on civilians - if the United Kingdom and USA doesn't act".

Earlier on Tuesday the Russia Ministry of Defense accused Syrian rebels, including "specialists who have been trained in Raqqa city under the guidance of USA intelligence officers", of planning a "false flag" chemical weapons attack to frame the Syrian regime in Idlib.

Ortagus also criticized Russian Federation, a key ally of Damascus, for what she called a "disinformation campaign" to blame opposition rebels for chemical attacks.

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A ceasefire is needed in Idlib province where there has been a recent upsurge in violence, and the United States is working towards halting the clashes, which have put tremendous pressure on civilians there, USA envoy James Jeffrey said on Wednesday.

Ms Ortagus said the offensive had destroyed hospitals, schools, homes and camps for the displaced.

Air strikes by Damascus or its ally Moscow killed 12 civilians in a market in Syria's Idlib province, a monitor said Wednesday, as fierce fighting raged for the jihadist-held northwestern region.

First responders said dozens of air raids and barrel bombs were dropped on villages and towns south of Idlib, killing at least eight civilians.

A sarin gas attack in April 2017 in the town of Khan Sheikhun killed 83 people, the United Nations said, leading Mr Trump to order a strike with 59 cruise missiles on a Syrian air base. Gen. Viktor Kupchishin, said Tuesday that terrorists operating in the Idlib de-escalation zone possess significant amounts of poisonous substances which are used to fill munitions for use in staged provocations aimed at accusing the Syrian army of "chemical attacks" against civilians.

Donald Trump, the United States president, has twice acted in response to a "red line" over chemical weapons once set by his predecessor, Barack Obama.

Trump, however, is also skeptical of a commitment in Syria and a year ago ordered the withdrawal of all 2,000 USA troops, although aides later said a small number would stay.

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