Trump and others condemn chemical attack in SyriaPosted:

uwu
  • Shoutbox Hero
Status: Offline
Joined: Dec 17, 20107 Year Member
Posts: 4,047
Reputation Power: 1055
[ Register or Signin to view external links. ]


As images of Syrian children gasping and convulsing spread around the world, US President Donald Trump and other international leaders denounced the Syrian regime for their alleged role in a suspected chemical attack. At least 48 people died Saturday in Douma, the last rebel-held town in Eastern Ghouta, the White Helmets rescue group and the Syrian American Medical Society charity group said in a joint statement.

"The evidence points towards yet another chemical attack by the regime," said Maja Kocijancic, spokeswoman for European Union Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. "Almost a year to the day of the horrific attacks in Khan Sheikoun, it is a matter of grave concern that chemical weapons continue to be used, especially on civilians."

US President Donald Trump described the attack as "sick" and criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iran for supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Trump threatened that there would be a "big price to pay" for the deaths. But the Syrian government and its key ally, Russia, vehemently denied envolvement in Saturday's attacks. Instead, they accused rebels in Douma of fabricating the chemical assault claims in order to hinder the army's advances and provoke international military intervention. Russia's Foreign Ministry called the reported attack a "hoax" that interfered with a deal to end fighting in Douma and evacuate civilians as well as Jaish al-Islam rebels and their families.

Iran, another ally, also defended the Syrian regime. "The Islamic Republic of Iran strongly condemns the use of such (chemical) weapons by any parts and anywhere in the world," Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi told the state-run Islamic Republic News agency. He said the allegation that the Syrian regime is behind the attack is "not compatible with reality".

Emergency UN Security Council meetings convened

The US State Department described the incident in Douma as "horrifying" and said that, if the use of chemical agents in the attack was confirmed, it would "demand an immediate response by the international community." The United National Security Council will hold two emergency meetings on Monday, two UN diplomats told CNN. A meeting on the attack was requested by the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Poland, the Netherlands, Kuwait, Peru and Cote d'Ivoire. Russia requested another meeting, the diplomats said; the topic is not known but it is believed to be Syria-related.

Hundreds of people affected

Anti-government activists claimed Syrian military helicopters dropped barrel bombs filled with chemicals on the town, suffocating some residents and sending others into violent convulsions. Graphic footage shot by rescuers show victims -- including children -- dead and injured, some ghostly white and foaming at the mouth in makeshift clinics. Others were found suffocated in their homes, according to first responders.

At least 48 people died in the Douma area, and 500 others displayed symptoms similar to exposure to "toxic gas", the White Helmets rescue group and Syrian American Medical Society said. Other groups said the death toll was higher. CNN could not independently verify the authenticity of the footage or the reports.

Following the attack, doctors in Eastern Ghouta saw patients shaking uncontrollably and some who appeared to be paralyzed and unresponsive, an official from the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations (UOSSM) told CNN. The official, who asked to be identified as Dr. Jad, is in touch with local doctors and said one of the affected areas was the residential area of Masaken, where hundreds of civilians reside in underground shelters.

State TV: Deal reached to evacuate Douma rebels

The attack comes as Syrian forces are on the verge of reclaiming the last rebel-held areas in the country. Douma is the last town held by rebels in Eastern Ghouta, which was besieged for six years and had been heavily bombarded since mid-February. On Sunday, Syrian state TV reported that the government had reached an agreement with Jaish al-Islam, the last remaining rebel group in Douma, to leave the enclave in the next 48 hours. As part of the agreement, the group's fighters would be transported to Jarablus in northern Syria. In exchange, the rebels would release all captives they are holding in Douma.

Later Sunday, dozens of buses entered Douma to take detainees released by Jaish al-Islam to government-held territory, according to Syrian state TV. The vehicles will also transport rebels and civilians to northern Syria, state TV said.

Jaish Al-Islam didn't immediately respond to CNN's request for confirmation.
Talks between the rebel group and Russia collapsed on Friday. The Syrian government later resumed airstrikes in the rebel-held town, killing scores of people. Rebels responded with mortar attacks on Damascus, killing at least 12 people. Sources close to the Syrian army told CNN that the military had advanced nearly a kilometer into the Douma area on Saturday.
Hundreds of people have been killed and thousands more wounded in the offensive on Eastern Ghouta, which was once home to an estimated 400,000.

Around 130,000 people have left the enclave in the past month, according to the United Nations. Of these, 83,000 have gone to eight collective shelters in government-controlled areas on the outskirts of Damascus. Many have also fled to Idlib in the northwest, the largest remaining rebel-held area in the country. Turkey, which earlier this year launched its own military offensive against Kurdish groups in Afrin, northern Syria, said in a statement Sunday that countries with leverage over the Syrian regime had an obligation to help "prevent future war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria."

Underground weapons factory?

The Syrian regime has long accused rebel groups of launching chemical attacks in the country. Last week the Syrian military took CNN to what it claimed was an underground weapons factory belonging to rebels in Eastern Ghouta.

Inside they showed off chemicals, fuses and mortar casings they said were used by rebels to manufacture weapons. Government officials also showed CNN a handwritten manual detailing instructions for how to build incendiary weapons, including white phosphorus munitions, amongst other things. Officials say the manual was left behind by the rebels.
At another site, the military showed an underground storage facility they say belonged to the rebels inside a civilian area. The facility included an SA-5 surface-to-air missile.

CNN could not independently verify these claims.


Source:
[ Register or Signin to view external links. ]

The Following 1 User Say's Thank You to uwu For This Useful Post:

--select_a_color-- (04-23-2018)
#2. Posted:
Aced
  • 1K Rainmaker
Status: Offline
Joined: Apr 26, 20108 Year Member
Posts: 2,140
Reputation Power: 1012
Also : Strikes hit Syrian airfield, state media report
[ Register or Signin to view external links. ]
#3. Posted:
Original_Lay
  • Christmas!
Status: Offline
Joined: Jan 04, 20153 Year Member
Posts: 317
Reputation Power: 13
This is scary, US is launching strikes into Syria in the next 48 hours.
#4. Posted:
AD4M
  • Christmas!
Status: Offline
Joined: May 09, 20117 Year Member
Posts: 1,873
Reputation Power: 132
Motto: Thanks whoever gifted me, don't have a clue who you are. However, I will find you, and I will hug you.
"Condemn" the word every leader uses. Stop condemning things and put plans into action, seriously winds me up.

Cold war v2 inbound boys
#5. Posted:
PUBG
  • Gold Member
Status: Offline
Joined: Aug 29, 20171 Year Member
Posts: 157
Reputation Power: 1177
Motto: Unofficially married the rep fairy 10-11-18/
This is kinda scary, But if a country uses Chemical weapons they need to be dealt with.... Trump tweets this morning IMO is a scare tactic, he did the same thang with kim... after that he posts that Russian relations is at its worse then the cold where and said they need talk about it..
#6. Posted:
Squint
  • Gold Member
Status: Offline
Joined: Sep 23, 20171 Year Member
Posts: 866
Reputation Power: 172
Here comes another World War , it's getting scarier by the day.
#7. Posted:
Aced
  • Gold Member
Status: Offline
Joined: Apr 26, 20108 Year Member
Posts: 2,140
Reputation Power: 1012
PUBG wroteThis is kinda scary, But if a country uses Chemical weapons they need to be dealt with.... Trump tweets this morning IMO is a scare tactic, he did the same thang with kim... after that he posts that Russian relations is at its worse then the cold where and said they need talk about it..

Assad has not even used chemical weapons though. They just blame him because they want to attack so bad
#8. Posted:
AD4M
  • Summer Giveaway
Status: Offline
Joined: May 09, 20117 Year Member
Posts: 1,873
Reputation Power: 132
Motto: Thanks whoever gifted me, don't have a clue who you are. However, I will find you, and I will hug you.
Aced wrote
PUBG wroteThis is kinda scary, But if a country uses Chemical weapons they need to be dealt with.... Trump tweets this morning IMO is a scare tactic, he did the same thang with kim... after that he posts that Russian relations is at its worse then the cold where and said they need talk about it..

Assad has not even used chemical weapons though. They just blame him because they want to attack so bad
And your proof of this is where? I understand we need proof that the regime used them but who wouldn't believe their own country?
#9. Posted:
PUBG
  • Shoutbox Hero
Status: Offline
Joined: Aug 29, 20171 Year Member
Posts: 157
Reputation Power: 1177
Motto: Unofficially married the rep fairy 10-11-18/
AD4M wrote
Aced wrote
PUBG wroteThis is kinda scary, But if a country uses Chemical weapons they need to be dealt with.... Trump tweets this morning IMO is a scare tactic, he did the same thang with kim... after that he posts that Russian relations is at its worse then the cold where and said they need talk about it..

Assad has not even used chemical weapons though. They just blame him because they want to attack so bad
And your proof of this is where? I understand we need proof that the regime used them but who wouldn't believe their own country?
I didnt blam no one I simply said "if a country uses chemical weapons they need to be dealt with".
#10. Posted:
Status: Offline
Joined: Mar 28, 2018
Posts: 94
Reputation Power: 3
That's messed up. A chemical attack makes people suffer which makes it worse. I mean even nukes give serious health problems if you aren't killed by the explosion but by the radition.
Users browsing this topic: None
Jump to:


RECENT POSTS

HOT TOPICS