72 dead including 11 children in the town of Khan Sheikhun in the Idlib province of Syria
Over 500 other were in Tuesday’s suspected chemical attack
Many believe President Bashar al-Assad to be behind the attack
Witnesses say the attack began in the early house of Tuesday
Sukhoi jets were said to be what was used for the attack
President Donald Trump tried placing the blame on Obama despite his stance against getting involved with Syria
Millions of people from around the world have watched on social media the aftermath of Tuesday’s suspected chemical attack in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhun in the Idlib province of Syria.
According to the Syrian American Medical Society, at least 72 are dead, including 11 children, and more than 500 were injured. SAMS runs several field hospitals in the area of the attack.
Witnesses on the ground reported that some victims were vomiting, foaming at the mouth, losing consciousness, and suffering from muscle spasms. Those injured in the attack are also suffering from respiratory problems.
Khan Sheikhoun residents claim the attack started in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Residents heard the planes flying, followed by multiple explosions. Shortly after the explosions residents began showing symptoms of a chemical attack.
The chemical attack was carried out by warplanes. The National Coalition has accused President Bashar al-Assad of being responsible for the attack. Witnesses claim the attack was carried out by Sukhoi jets, which are flown by Russian and Syrian governments and both have bombed the area.
Syria’s military is denying the accusations of being involved in the attack. A statement from the Syrian military “denies using any toxic or chemical agents in Khan Sheikhoun today, and it did not and never will use it anywhere.” UN investigations have previously found the Syrian government guilty of attacks on three separate occasions.
Assad ally Russia said on Wednesday that a Syrian plane had completed a raid, but the chemical attack was due to a stockpile of “toxic substances,” belonging to “terrorists” on the ground being unknowingly hit during the raid.
An emergency Security Council has been planned for Wednesday. The United States, Britain, and France have purposed a security resolution that will likely go to vote.
A draft of the resolution calls for the Syrian government’s full cooperation with an international investigation. The investigation will ask to see all flight logs for Tuesday, names of all helicopter squadron commanders and provide access to air bases where investigators may believe a chemical attack was launched.
Who’s To Blame
The European Union stated that the Assad regime held “primary responsibility” for the “awful” attack. The United Kingdom said the attack bore “all the hallmarks” of government forces, and followed by alleging the Assad regime has repeatedly used chemical weapons.
What came as a shock to many is that President Donald Trump used the attack to once again attack former US President Barack Obama. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer released the following statement that was later backed by the White House.
“Today’s chemical attack in Syria against innocent people including women and children is reprehensible and cannot be ignored by the civilized world. These heinous actions by the Bashar al-Assad regime are a consequence of the past administration’s weakness and irresolution.” Spicer went on to say, “President Obama said in 2012 he would establish a red line against the use of chemical weapons and then did nothing. The United States stands with our allies across the globe to condemn this intolerable act.
The main problem with Spicer’s statement is when Obama asked the GOP-led Congress to authorize the use of force against Syria, apprehensive Republicans decided they would not put the request to vote.
One of the biggest opponents to Obama’s “red line” was President Donald Trump himself. In a series of tweets that lasted from May 2013 through September 2013, Trump tweeted over a dozen times in protest of America getting involved in Syria. In one tweet, Trump very clearly states, “Syria is not our problem.”
Obama’s attempt to intervene ultimately pushed Assad to agree to a Russian-brokered deal to give up his chemical weapons. The chemical weapons were to be moved out of the country and destroyed.
Some believe that Tuesday’s attack may have been carried out with chlorine gas. While Assad was supposed to dispose of all chemical weapons, chlorine has too many purposes to be included into the disposal. However, the use of chlorine gas is still considered to be a war crime when used against other human beings.