After Tuesday’s horrific attacks in Syria our partners The Syrian Civil Defense released a statement, some of which is quoted below:
“On Tuesday, 4 April 2017, in the morning, military aircraft conducted multiple airstrikes on the city of Khan Sheikhoun in southern rural Idlib. They targeted residential areas with multiple weapons, one of which contained a chemical agent; this chemical weapon killed more than 50 people, mostly women and children, and caused symptoms of severe chemical weapons exposure in as many as 300 others. Many of those affected are in critical condition. Syria Civil Defence (SCD) teams from Khan Sheikhoun and Al Habeet and Ambulance teams responded and provided decontamination, first aid and medical evacuation to those affected.
Syria Civil Defence and the Health Directorate of Idlib demand the international community to fulfil its responsibilities and immediately investigate this crime and hold the perpetrators accountable according to the international laws; in addition, we demand respect and protection for medical facilities and humanitarian emergency workers so that they may fulfil their duty of providing aid to the wounded.”
Early this morning, The United States launched 59 precision guided missiles from two US destroyers in the Mediterranean targeting the al-Shayrat air base in Syria, which is one of the Syrian regime’s main military bases.
So far, this reaction has only warned Assad against the use of chemical weapons. 94% of all civilian casualties over the last 6 years of conflict are at the hands of Bashar al-Assad’s regime and its allies.
On our journey through Europe and the Middle East, we have heard the stories of the Syrian people. Their struggle, their pain, and their plight. We call for civilian protection measures and condemn all civilian casualties, no matter what weapon used.
To help us support our partners delivering medical aid in Syria, please donate to the MyDonate page we set up yesterday in response to the crisis.