White House blames Syria's Assad regime for Idlib chemical attack

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), based in The Hague, also said it was "gathering and analysing information from all available sources" about the attack. And given the results of America's past experiences with arming rebel groups and toppling hostile governments, it's not clear to me that the aggressive anti-Assad tactics called for by many hawks would have resulted in a better outcome. "I call on all the parties involved to insure that we have a transition away from Assad". When they wake up they are crying", he said, pausing before adding, "I can not continue. their father, mother died. "What will we do for them?" He said he later felt a burning sensation in his fingers and was treated for that.

"Impunity is not an option" over the attack, Mogherini said. "Their parents might be looking for them".

The Trump administration blamed the Syrian government for the attack, one of the deadliest in years, and said Syria's patrons, Russian Federation and Iran, bore "great moral responsibility" for the deaths.

The civil war in Syria has killed more than 500,000 people in six years and displaced more than half of the prewar population of 22 million from their homes.

It categorically denied any use of chemical or poisonous materials in the town of Khan Shaikhoun in Idlib countryside, affirming that it didn't and will never use those materials in any place or time, nor in the future.

The Syrian Observatory's report did not specify which government-allied force might have attacked the town. "I have patients who are still not awake".

Save the Children said that medics in the area told its staff that almost a third of the casualties they have seen are children, who are arriving at hospitals pale and unconscious or struggling to breathe.

"Doctors at a health clinic run by our partner Syria Relief told us they received three children under 6 years old today", Sonia Khush, the Syrian director of Save the Children, said in a statement.

He said he and colleagues suspect the victims inhaled sarin gas, an odourless and colourless nerve agent.

A man breathes through an oxygen mask, after what rescue workers described as a suspected gas attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in rebel-held Idlib, Syria April 4, 2017.

September 27, 2013: The U.N. Security Council orders Syria to account for and destroy its chemical weapons stockpile, following a surprise agreement between Washington and Moscow, averting USA strikes.

"If it's what it looks like, it is clearly a war crime", said a senior State Department official, adding that the government was still gathering information.A USA government source said Washington believed the chemical agent sarin was used in the attack and that it was "almost certainly" carried out by forces loyal to Assad."Those outside backers who are said to be guarantors of the (Assad) regime obviously have a lot to answer for", the State Department official said, referring to Russian Federation and Iran, which have provided military backing for Assad.Early in the Syria war, Obama insisted Assad had to leave power.

Mohammed Hassoun, a media activist in nearby Sarmin - also in Idlib province where some of the critical cases were transferred - said the hospital there is equipped to deal with such chemical attacks because the town was also struck, early on in the Syrian uprising. It certified the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons in August 2014.

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