The State Department further stated that the government's history of using chemical weapons against its own people is not in dispute, and added that Russian Federation with its "unwavering support" ultimately bears responsibility for the attack against the civilians.
The Syrian government, in a statement on SANA, denied the allegations, calling them "fabrications" by the Army of Islam and a "failed attempt" to impede government advances. Late Saturday (Sunday NZT), the State Department singled out both governments, saying they "must be held accountable".
Footage posted by the group online, which was not possible to verify, showed victims including children foaming at the mouth.
"I have said in the past and I say again, there is a cruel genocide happening in Syria against women and children with weapons of mass destruction", Yosef said on Sunday morning.
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"As we've said, Russian Federation ultimately bears responsibility for the brutal targeting of countless Syrians with chemical weapons".
As images of Syrian children gasping and convulsing spread around the world, US President Donald Trump and other worldwide leaders denounced the Syrian regime for their alleged role in a suspected chemical attack.
"President Erdoğan expressed concern about the attacks in Douma and Eastern Ghouta and emphasized the importance of preventing civilian deaths and working together to deliver humanitarian aid", said a Turkish presidential source after telephone talks between the two leaders. One woman had convulsions and pinpoint pupils, the society said.
France's foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, called for the UN Security Council to meet quickly to examine the situation.
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"Investigators from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) looking into reports of chemical weapons use in Syria have our full support". For more and more people in the West, a million dead Iraqis and countless dead Libyan verily scream at them from the grave every time they come close to consider taking their governments' claims at face value when it comes to the pretext presented to them for still more military intervention in more countries. To the moment, there are no reliable reports explaining how the attack took place and how many people have died.
This has triggered a major assault by the army on Friday and Saturday on Douma coupled with the rebels' shelling on Damascus.
Saudi Arabia called on the global community to "shoulder its responsibility toward protecting civilians in Syria", according to Turkey's Anadolu Agency which cited the Saudi SPA news agency.
Jaish al-Islam launched volleys of rockets into densely populated Damascus districts, killing or maiming residents and striking terror into the broader community. The draft resolution, obtained by The Associated Press, was circulated ahead of an emergency Security Council meeting.
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He said the bombardment has been so intense in recent days that he has been unable to reach his family in Douma. It was once one of the hubs of the 2011 Arab Spring uprising against Assad's government. "Then you start getting a lot of people who are suffocating, and they smell of chlorine, and imagine after all that exhaustion you get this huge number of people, around 70, targeted while they were in bomb shelters".