The west is considering military action in response to the suspected chemical weapons attack in Douma
, Syria. French President Emmanuel Macron has said he has proof that the Syrian government attacked the town with chemical weapons while Nikki Hayley, the US ambassador to the UN, also said that there is enough proof. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that the attack was staged by foreign agents, claiming it was part of a "Russophobic campaign" led by one country.
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)
is expected to start its investigations into the attack on Saturday. Currently, President Bashar al-Assad's government is accused of being behind the attack, though it has denied involvment, saying reports are "fabricated". Syria signed The Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) in September 2013, an arms treaty that outlaws the production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons.
The treaty entered into force in 1997 and it has proven a hugely successful step in dismantling global chemical weapons
stockpiles. By April 2016, 192 states were parties to it and by January 2018, over 96 percent of global declared chemical weapons stockpiles had been destroyed.