Western powers, led by the US, are considering military action against the Assad regime as evidence of a chemical weapons attack mounts.
Turkey says it has "never used chemical weapons" after claims it used a toxic gas during an offensive in Afrin, Syria. Local doctors had been quoted as saying they treated people for exposure to chemical gases.
The UN head has demanded an immediate halt to fighting in eastern Ghouta; Merkel and Macron say the Syrian regime as massacring its own people. But the world isn't doomed to sit back and watch, says DW's Bachir Amroune.
The Kurdish enclave of Afrin in Syria is under attack by Turkey. According to a Kurdish affairs expert, because Kurds can't rely on foreign powers, they have allied with the Assad regime purely out of self-defense.
The UN Security Council has voted unanimously to approve a 30-day humanitarian ceasefire in Syria. Reports suggest that shortly after the vote, warplanes once again struck the rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta.
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