Merkel said in Berlin: "Germany will not take part in possible military action - I want to make clear again that there are no decisions - but we see, and support this, that everything is being done to send a signal that this use of chemical weapons is not acceptable".
"I want to stress one more time and that was an idea of Lebanon's ambassador that Russian Federation will protect its people on the ground", she said.
US President Donald Trump is consulting with British and French leaders as he mulls how to respond to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria.
In Paris, France's Emmanuel Macron upped the pressure on Moscow by stating he had "proof" that the Assad's regime had used chemical weapons, and vowing a response "at a time of our choosing". "There's enough verification that the Syrians dropped chemicals out of helicopters in barrels using the type of nerve agent that they like to use on their citizens and it's a weapon of mass destruction".
In response, Trump tweeted that while Russian Federation vowed to protect Syria against attack, "Get ready Russian Federation, because [attacks] will be coming, nice and new and "smart!" Russia, a key ally of Assad, says government forces have taken full control of the town of Douma, the last rebel holdout in the region and the scene of Saturday's alleged attack.
"We have become accustomed to such threats that aim to frighten the Syrian people", said Marwan Ghata, 66, an engineer.
Assad says the Western threats endanger worldwide peace and security, and that military action would only contribute to the "further destabilization" of the region.
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Police hadn't found the bodies of Devonte Hart and his adoptive sisters, 16-year-old Hannah Hart and 12-year-old Sierra. On Thursday, deputies said they had recovered debris and personal items along the river belonging to the family.
He said he hoped the US or its allies would act in direct support of the campaign against the regime of Bashar al-Assad.
The suspected use of chemical weapons has drawn the West back into Syria's seven-year conflict.
Syrian opposition activists and rescuers said Sunday that a poison gas attack on a rebel-held town near the capital.
Trump's threat of retaliatory military action prompted a slew of Russian comments warning that US strikes could trigger a direct military clash between them. She called Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a "monster" who "no civilized government would have anything to do with".
France says it will decide in the coming days whether to launch a military strike over a suspected chemical attack in Syria.
In case the regime captures East Ghouta, Israel may consider the situation a blow to its security while the U.S. and some European Union countries, including France, will be disturbed with the idea that Russian Federation would be free to clear the capital, therefore the route to the Mediterranean Sea, from the opposition groups.
Syria and its ally Russian Federation deny such an attack happened.
The Russian ministry says 1,500 people left the town in the past 24 hours.