The Syrian government is suspected of using toxic gas to kill dozens of people, including young children, in the northwestern province of Idlib on Tuesday.
“At least 58 people including 11 children under the age of eight” are reported deceased after a deadly toxic gas caused them to choke, faint and, in some cases, foam at the mouth, which medical sources say are symptoms of a gas attack, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based war monitoring group.
The Syrian military is denying that it possesses such weapons and claims to have had nothing to do with the attack.
The Observatory also reported that more than 60 people were wounded in air strikes targeting the town of Khan Sheikhoun to the south of rebel-held Idlib.
“This morning, at 6:30 a.m., warplanes targeted Khan Sheikhoun with gases, believed to be sarin and chlorine,” said Mounzer Khalil, head of Idlib’s health authority. It was estimated that the attack killed more than 50 people and wounded 300, overflowing hospitals in Idlib.
It was also reported by Observatory and civil defense workers that warplanes again attacked near where victims of the first attack were receiving medical treatment.
“It would mark the deadliest chemical attack in Syria since sarin gas killed hundreds of civilians in Ghouta near Damascus in August 2013. Western states said the Syrian government was responsible for that attack. Damascus blamed it on rebels,” according to Reuters.
UPDATE 04/04/17 – 11:00 p.m. ET:
This was reportedly the third chemical attack in Syria in just over one week, with two others reported in Hama province.
President Trump released the following statement regarding the attack: “These heinous actions by the Bashar al-Assad regime are 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. The United States stands with our allies across the globe to condemn this intolerable attack.”
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