More than 70 people, including 20 children, were killed in a chemical attack in the rebel-held northwestern Syria. According to sources, it was one of the worst chemical attacks witnessed by the war-torn Syria.
This chemical attack is the third in a week in Syria. The previous two were reported in Hama province.
Assad and his government denied any role in the brutal attacks. He, who allegedly ‘renounced’ chemical warfare four years ago, said it was not his government which attacked the civilians.
Photos and videos of Khan Sheikhoun, located south of the provincial capital Idlib, showed bodies of children and adults. Some were struggling to breathe, while others looked to be foaming at the mouth.
Leaders across the world, including US President Donald Trump and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and the European Union leaders, said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must have been behind the attack.
Trump immediately called up Russia, Assad’s staunch ally, and Iran to ask them to stop the repetition of the war crime by Syria.
Calling the chemical attack a blot on humanity, Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu called on the international community to help remove chemical weapons in the Syrian arsenal.
It may be noted here that chemical weapons have killed several hundreds of people since the civil war in Syria six years ago.
Meanwhile, Russia said it would stand by Assad despite global outrage over the chemical weapons attack.
Describing the chemical attack as a heinous action by the Bashar al-Assad regime, Trump also faulted ex-President Barack Obama for having failed to enforce the ‘red line’ four years ago.