Dozens of Children Killed In Syrian Gas Attack
The crisis in Syria is getting worse as the days go by. On Tuesday, a chemical gas attack in Idlib Province killed 83 people, including 25 children, and injured 350 others.
Idlib province is southwest of Aleppo according to relief agency UOSSM, which is also known as the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations, a nonprofit coalition of groups aiding victims in the ongoing war in Syria.
President Trump deemed the attack “reprehensible and cannot be ignored in the civilized world.” He held the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad responsible along with the Obama administration, saying it was due to the former President not doing anything to Syria’s use of chemical weapons.
The Syrian government has denied they were the culprits behind this attack and says they were following the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention, that bans chemical instruments of war. They do, however, blame “armed terrorist organizations” for the attack.
Idlib Media Center posted pictures to their Facebook page of children who were dead or incapacitated. Volunteer Group, White Helmets, posted photos of their members spraying children with a hose.
Rex Tillerson, U.S. Secretary of State, said this chemical attack was allegedly the third time these weapons were used this month.
In a statement, Tillerson said,
“It is clear that this is how Bashar al-Assad operates: with brutal, unabashed barbarism. Those who defend and support him, including Russia and Iran, should have no illusions about Assad or his intentions. Anyone who uses chemical weapons to attack his own people shows a fundamental disregard for human decency and must be held accountable.”
The Syrian government has repeatedly denied using chemical weapons and chlorine gas. They accused the rebels of deploying it. In 2013, after international backlash due to a sarin nerve gas attack on Ghouta, a Damascus suburb, Assad agreed to do away with Syria’s chemical weapons.
According to a State Department official, if it is found this attack was done by Assad’s government, Russia and Iran “will obviously have a lot to answer to.”
In a conference call with reporters, this official said,
“Russia has said it had nothing to do with the airstrikes in Syria today, but that’s not the issue. The issue is an apparent inability or unwillingness to hold the regime to its own commitments and to account.”