Assad vows to defend Syria amid military build up

Friday, 30 August 2013 - 12:36



President Bashar al-Assad vowed on Thursday to defend Syria from attack as Washington and London laid out their case for punitive military strikes against Damascus over suspected poisonous gas attacks.

Diplomats said the five veto-wielding members of the UN Security Council were to hold a new meeting on the crisis to discuss a fiercely-disputed British draft resolution that could allow military action.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has appealed for Western powers to await the findings of by his inspectors probing the sites of the attacks that horrified the world.