70 killed in gas bomb attack in Syria, world outraged
Apr 06 2017 by Lorena Waters
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's military has repeatedly denied using chemical weapons after several attacks and consistently blames "terrorist" groups when chemical attacks are reported.
"All the evidence I have seen suggests that it was the Assad regime who did it, in full knowledge they were using illegal weapons in a barbaric attack on their own people", Johnson said.
However, he said it was necessary to avoid "rushed judgements and accusations that benefit... certain actors".
Erdogan, in his first public reaction to the incident, said that more than 100 people, including children, "became martyrs due to chemical weapons".
Syria officially relinquished its chemical arsenal and signed the Chemical Weapons Convention in 2013 to avert military action after it was accused of an attack outside Damascus that killed hundreds.
Doctors said victims started to choke, vomit and faint with foam coming out of their mouths, showing symptoms of possible sarin gas exposure after either Syrian or Russian jets dropped bombs on the area. But the president said he was deeply shaken to learn about the gassing of Syrian civilians, and said he embraced America's responsibility to lead and to try to prevent future loss of life.
Russian Federation and China have repeatedly vetoed sanctions on the Assad regime over chemical weapons, as well as an attempted referral to the International Criminal Court.
Britain, France and the United States have circulated a draft Security Council resolution demanding a swift investigation, after pointing the finger at President Bashar al-Assad's government for the attack.
They're probably dead pic.twitter.com/B4i9W97UfA- Dr Shajul Islam (@DrShajulIslam) 4 avril 2017 The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attack in Khan Sheikhoun killed at least 58 people including 11 children.
At least 30 Khan Shaykhun residents suffering from suffocation and breathing problems associated with exposure to chemicals were transferred across the border, according to Syrian opposition media reports.
In a speech at the United Nations today, US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, slammed Russia's continued support of the Assad regime, calling on the Russian government to exercise its influence to end the violence and suggested that if the U.N. fails to respond to this recent attack the USA may.
UN Syrian envoy Staffan de Mistura said all indications were that "it was a chemical attack and it came from the air". Syrian aviation airstrike in Idlib targeted chemical arms lab - Russian Defense Ministry https://t.co/pq2qaiq2Wa- TASS (@tassagency_en) April 5, 2017 "The territory of this storage facility housed workshops to produce projectiles stuffed with toxic agents", he said. He said the strikes did not cause any casualties because the area had been evacuated following Tuesday's attack.
The White House responded to the attack by calling it a "reprehensible" act "that can not be ignored by the civilized world".
Konashenkov said the factory produced chemical weapons that were used in Iraq.
Yet it was a mainstay of Obama's approach to Syria to try to persuade Moscow to stop supporting Assad and clear the way for a political transition.
The EU Council president Donald Tusk said Tuesday's attack in Khan Sheikhoun is "another reminder of the brutality" of Syria's regime and the perpetrators must be held accountable.
The attack would mark the deadliest chemical attack in Syria since sarin nerve gas killed some 1,300 civilians in Ghouta near Damascus in August 2013.
U.S. ambassador Nikki Haley, the current council president, said members are hoping to get as much information on the Syrian attack as we can.