Syria government warns any US intervention would "inflame Mid-East"
BEIRUT (REUTERS) - Syrian authorities warned the United States against any military action over a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria's civil war, saying this would "create a ball of fire that will inflame the Middle East".
US President Barack Obama and top advisers are hashing out options for responding to the reported use of chemical weapons in Syria amid what Britain called "increasing signs" that the Syrian government was responsible for Wednesday's nerve gas attack on civilians in a rebel-dominated area.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government has accused the insurgents of firing the chemical weapons "as a last resort" to try to provoke foreign intervention on their side.
Syrian Information Minister Omran Zoabi, in remarks released by the official news agency SANA late on Saturday night, said that any US-led military action would be "no picnic".