The decision of the president of the United States, Donald Trump, to launch a possible military intervention against the Syrian regime has begun to have practical effect.
The European air traffic agency Eurocontrol has alerted all companies to take precautions in the eastern Mediterranean before the possibility of air strikes in Syria in the next 72 hours.
The warning, refers especially to the launching of cruise missiles and also prevents possible interruptions in radionavigation equipment. “Suitable measures should be taken in flight plans in the eastern Mediterranean,” Eurocontrol says.
The warning comes when the military intervention in Syria seems already unstoppable.
The attack has been wielded by the United States as a response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Bashar al-Assad regime against the civilian population in Duma, a rebel stronghold on the outskirts of Damascus.
This offensive, which took the lives of over 60 civilians last Saturday and wounded hundreds, has been understood by the White House as a challenge to the red line that President Trump drew a year ago, when faced with a similar massacre, he surprise attacked with 59 Tomahawk missiles an air base of Shayrat, in the city of Homs.
On that occasion, the US response was unilateral.
Now, Trump has sought the support of his allies. France, the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia which has shown their willingness to join the joint action.
Despite this coordination, the nature of the attack is a mystery.
The experts point out that, should it occur, it will be of greater magnitude than that of 2017 and that, given the El Asad in the use of chemical weapons, it will seek a long-term deterrent effect.
Nor is it known when it will happen, although Trump said Monday he would make a decision in the “next 24-48 hours .
” In the meantime, he has suspended his participation in the Summit of the Americas, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, and has insisted that the author of Duma’s attack “pay a high price.”
“If it’s been Russia, if it’s been Syria, if it’s been Iran, if they’ve all been together, we’re going to solve it,” he has tweeted.