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|Suspected Gas Attack In Syria Reportedly Kills Dozens by prettyboi1989(m): 10:26am On Apr 05, 2017|
World leaders expressed shock and outrage Tuesday at reports of a suspected chemical attack in northwestern Syria that killed scores of civilians, with one UK official suggesting the incident amounted to a war crime.
Activists said the Syrian regime was responsible for the killings of at least 70 people -- 10 children among the dead -- leading the United Nations to replace a scheduled Security Council session for Wednesday morning with an emergency meeting.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's military denied using chemical weapons and blamed rebels for the carnage. Russia, Syria's strong ally, said it had no warplanes in the vicinity.
But from Washington to London to Jerusalem, leaders denounced the reported airstrike, which if proven true would be one of the deadliest chemical attacks in Syria in years.
"Today's chemical attack in Syria against innocent people, including women and children, is reprehensible and cannot be ignored by the civilized world," US President Donald Trump said, adding that he thinks the attacks was a consequence of the past administration's weakness and irresolution. "President Obama said in 2012 that he would establish a 'red line' against the use of chemical weapons and then did nothing."
UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, speaking at a news conference with his German counterpart, had harsh criticism of the Syrian government.
"If this were to be proved to have been committed by the Assad regime then it would be another reason to think they are an absolutely heinous outfit, that is, it is a war crime," he said.
An emergency UN Security Council session has been scheduled for Wednesday morning, according to US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley. French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, who called for the meeting, described the attack as a "despicable act."
The United States, United Kingdom and France have circulated a resolution at the Security Council regarding the attack. It could be put to a vote.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote a series of tweets, saying in one: "There's no, none, no excuse whatsoever for the deliberate attacks on civilians and on children, especially with cruel and outlawed chemical weapons."
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on Russia and Iran "to exercise their influence over the Syrian regime" and said that the two nations "bear great moral responsibility for these deaths."
UK Prime Minister Theresa May said she was appalled by the attack.
"I am very clear that there can be no future for Assad in a stable Syria, which is representative of all the Syrian people," May said, "and I call on all of the parties involved to ensure that we have a transition away from Assad."
Doctor cannot shake horrible sights
Airstrikes hit the rebel-held city of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province on Tuesday morning, giving off a "poisonous gas," according to Anas al-Diab, an activist with the Aleppo Media Center.
Many casualties were the result of asphyxiation, doctors said. Videos on social media purporting to be from the scene show people, including children, who appear unresponsive; others struggle to breathe or wear oxygen masks.
|Re: Suspected Gas Attack In Syria Reportedly Kills Dozens by prettyboi1989(m): 10:27am On Apr 05, 2017|
|Re: Suspected Gas Attack In Syria Reportedly Kills Dozens by Jabioro: 10:31am On Apr 05, 2017|
Ban any religion of war, ban any country that is involved either by accommodating, by finance or any means that give support to religion of war..
|Re: Suspected Gas Attack In Syria Reportedly Kills Dozens by odiereke(m): 10:46am On Apr 05, 2017|
Again? God where thou art?
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