Syria: More Than 70 Dead, Dozens Injured In Suspected Chemical Attack
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A Deadly Attack.
On Tuesday, a suspected targeted chemical attack has left more than 70 people, including at least 10 children, dead. The attack took place in the village of Khan Sheikhoun, which is located in the Idlib Peninsula of Syria. The injuries are consistent with sarin gas according to experts. Despite insistence from Assad’s regime and Russia that blame lay with rebel forces, multiple world leaders and human rights groups say all evidence points to Assad targeting the region. Images of the dead and injured were quickly picked up by world-wide media outlets.
Hours later, another airstrike near a hospital were many victims were being treated resulted in dozens of additional injuries according to the Aleppo Media center activist group. Russia has insisted it had no warplanes in the vicinity at the time. If the attack is confirmed as chemical, it would be the deadliest since the war began six years ago.
Syria no stranger to chemical warfare.
This is not the first time that innocent civilians have been subjected to such attacks. In fact, three have been confirmed since 2013, though one was in fact carried out by ISIS forces. While the Syrian regime always deflects such attacks onto rebel forces, UN investigations have concluded that most have been carried out by airstrike and no rebel forces have such capabilities.
In addition to chemical attacks, Syria sees regular bombing campaigns that have left thousands dead and millions fleeing for their lives. The humanitarian crisis has become an epidemic that despite “sympathy” shown by major counties has not yet equated to action for the innocent.
With Russia a firm ally of the Assad regime, the diplomatic waters for another countries to become involved is murky.
UN calls emergency meeting.
President Trump and Syria.
What is clear however is this. Until the international community commits to action, events such as these will continue in the war-torn nation.