By Oumaima Doukkane
By Oumaima Doukkane
Casablanca – Bashar Al Assad regime has reportedly used chemical weapons against defenseless Syrian civilians.
Chemical attacks in Syria show no sign of ending. Over 120 bombs have fallen within the last two days in Ghouta, yet the strike bell is still ringing. In the early hours of April 4, Idlib was struck by heavy airstrikes involving weapons containing sarin. The Syrian government staunchly denies it even possesses a supply of the substance.
The National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces accused Syrian Armed Forces of carrying out the chemical attack.
Medical sources in Idlib have reported that more than 67 people, including 11 children, were killed and more than 300 have been wounded.
Many medical staff and ambulance drivers were also injured and experienced bronchial irritation as they were transporting and treating patients affected by the chemical agent.
Sarin is a human-made chemical warfare weapon, classified as a nerve agent, which are the most toxic and rapidly acting. Sarin, like most chemical weapons, is banned under international law. The Cham Humanitarian Foundation has reported that patients showed instant nausea, agitation, mouth foaming, muscle spasms. Three or more patients went into cardiac arrest. Most of the casualties were civilians and the death toll could possibly rise.
If confirmed as a sarin attack, it would represent the deadliest use of chemical weapons in the Syrian Civil War since the 2013’s Ghouta attack.
British Prime Minister, Minister Theresa May condemned the attack and stressed that Assad has no place in the future of Syria.
French Foreign Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, has called the attack “further evidence of the barbarity suffered by the Syrian people.” British Foreign Minister, Boris Johnson and Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, have called the attack “inhuman” and “unacceptable.”
The six-year civil war has killed hundreds of thousands and created the world’s worst refugee crisis.
This is not the first time the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons against civilians.
The Syrian government was accused by Western powers of firing rockets filled with Sarin gas at rebel-held suburbs in Damascus in August 2013, killing hundreds of people. In January 2016, blood samples taken from the victims of an unspecified attack showed that victims had been exposed to Sarin or a Sarin-like substance.