Trump has strong words after Syria attack _ but what next?
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 05, 2017,
Apr 05, 2017, 17:45
Monitors and civil defense workers alleged Tuesday that Syrian government or Russian warplanes carried out a toxic gas attack on a rebel-held town in northern Syria, killing dozens of people and injuring hundreds more.
Footage from the scene showed civilians, many of them children, choking and foaming at the mouth. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, said in a statement early Wednesday that the Russian military assets registered a Syrian air force strike Tuesday on weapons depots and ammunition factory on the eastern outskirts of the town of Khan Sheikhoun.
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says that "all the evidence" he had seen so far in the latest chemical weapons attack in Syria "suggests this was the Assad regime who did it in the full knowledge that they were using illegal weapons in a barbaric attack on their own people".
Syrian rebels and opposition activists say pro-government forces have used chemical weapons and bombs containing chlorine on numerous occasions.
Rami Abdurrahman, founder of the UK-based Syrian Observatory of Human Rights, told Sky News that Syrians have become merely numbers to world leaders. They noted that US presidents have rarely attacked their predecessors so aggressively for events like chemical weapons attacks that Democrats and Republicans both abhor.
"We can confirm the names of 74 people killed, but the hospitals expect the number to rise to 107 because many have gone missing and we suspect they have been killed in the attack".
It asks UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to report monthly on whether the Syrian government is cooperating with an global investigation and a fact-finding mission into chemical weapons use in Syria.
Its defence ministry acknowledged that Syrian planes had attacked the town of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province.
"The Prime Minister. made a very strong statement condemning this attack, and Britain has brought forward a UN Security Council resolution that will be debated this afternoon". "Do NOT attack Syria, fix US".
"The images we have seen yesterday from Syria remind us all that here we have a responsibility to unite for real with a serious engagement the global community, the regional players, but also the Syrian parties to make peace", said European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.
The US President Donald Trump also denounced the incident as a "heinous" act that "cannot be ignored by the civilised world". "The global community has to do something".
October 14, 2013: Syria becomes a signatory to the Chemical Weapons Convention, prohibiting it from producing, stockpiling, or using chemical weapons.
It was the seventh time Russian Federation vetoed a UN Security Council resolution to protect the Syrian government.
"I feel frustrated, because of the global community and the United Nations that have not forced the regime to abide by the Security Council resolution but. has been watching and doing nothing, which has allowed the regime to keep bombing the people with cluster bombs, scud missiles and now gas".
Years after Obama predicted that Assad's days were numbered, the Syrian leader remains in power in a country ripped apart by civil war, and a new US president is struggling to establish a way forward.
A United Nations investigation found credible evidence that sarin was used in August 2013 attack on the Damascus suburb of Ghouta that killed hundreds of civilians.
August 20, 2012: U.S. President Barack Obama says the use of chemical weapons would be a "red line" that would change his calculus on intervening in the civil war and have "enormous consequences".
That attack tested the resolve of then-President Barack Obama in the face of atrocities committed by the Assad regime.