Syria’s Assad launched chemical attack on his own people, then bombed the hospital treating victims

April 5, 2017 | By | Reply More

The worst chemical bombings in Syria turned a toxic kill zone in rebel held town on Tuesday, inciting international outrage over the ever-increasing government impunity shown in the country’s six-year war.

chemical attackUS and its western leader’s including President Trump blamed the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad and called on its patrons, Russia and Iran, to prevent a recurrence of what many described as a war crime.

Scores of people, including children, died and over 500 still injured — some writhing, choking, gasping or foaming at the mouth — after breathing in poison the chemical that possibly contained a nerve agent or other banned chemicals, according to witnesses, doctors and rescue workers.

Eye witnesses and monitoring groups claimed the toxic substance spread after warplanes dropped bombs in the early morning hours. Some rescue workers grew ill and collapsed from proximity to the dead.

Syrian main opposition-run Health Department in Idlib Province, where the attack took place, said 69 people had died, providing a list of their names.

The statement from the Syrian military repeatedly accused insurgents of responsibility and said they had accused the army of using toxic weapons “every time they fail to achieve the goals of their sponsors.”

But only the Syrian military had the ability and the motive to carry out an aerial attack like the one that struck the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun.

Witnesses to the attack said it began before 7 a.m. numerous photographs and graphic videos posted online by activists and residents showed children and older adults gasping and struggling to breathe, or lying motionless in the mud as rescue workers ripped off victims’ clothes and hosed them down. The bodies of at least 10 children lay lined up on the ground or under a quilt.

A few hours later, according to several witnesses, another airstrike hit one of the clinics treating victims, who had been sent to smaller hospitals and maternity wards because the area’s largest hospital was severely damaged by an airstrike two days earlier.

The scale and brazenness of the assault threatened to further subvert a nominal and often violated cease-fire that had taken hold in parts of the country since Mr. Assad’s forces retook the northern city of Aleppo in December with Russian help, emboldening the Syrian leader to think he could win the war.

Press journalist for HRO media – Khizer Hayat reports.

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