first published on April 4, 2017 by Will
At least 58 people have been killed, and hundreds more seriously injured in the town of Khan Sheikhun (Khan Shaykhun), following a chemical attack airstrike carried out by either the Syrian or Russian governments.
Videos and pictures of dead children and sickened individuals are flooding Twitter and other social media platforms in the largest mass casualty gas attack of the six-year Syrian War. Although the specific “toxic gas” chemical agent used in the munitions has yet to be identified, the victims’ symptoms are akin to those effected by the extremely potent Sarin gas (GB) nerve agent. The use of such chemical weapons is a blatant violation of the fourth Geneva convention and UN security council resolutions 2118, 2209, 2235 and 2254, and therefore a war crime.
The Russian government denied it conducted any bombing missions in the area at the time of the attack. The Syrian government denied as well, although UN investigations have implicated, with evidence, the Syrian regime using chemical weapons on their own people three times in the past.
Besides showing little regard for human rights, the use of such weapons by either the Syrians or Russians demonstrates their extreme confidence in Idlib following their victory in Aleppo, and also suggests that they do not fear any backlash from the international community.