At least 58 people have been killed and dozens wounded in a suspected chemical attack in Idlib, north-western Syria.
It is believed that the nerve agent Sarin has been dropped, which is highly toxic and considered 20 times as deadly as cyanide.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that strikes on Khan Sheikhoun by Syrian government or Russian jets had caused many people to choke. Later, aircraft fired rockets at local clinics treating survivors, medics activists said.
The Syrian Observatory (SOHR) quoted medics as saying that they had been treating people with symptoms including fainting, vomiting and foaming at the mouth.
An AFP news agency journalist saw a young girl, a woman and two elderly people dead at a hospital, all with foam still visible around their mouths.
Once again the Muslim rulers are silent and have paid no regard to the innocent children bring murdered by the worst weapons humans have ever developed.
The world has watched a criminal ruler named Bashar al Assad systematically murder, rape and torture entire towns and cities. Their ideals of protecting human life is hollow when it has come to the people of Syria and indeed the Muslim world.
Their blood has no value to western governments.
The rulers in the Muslim world are guilty as much as Bashar al Assad in this chemical attack. The rulers of Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey are keen to work alongside Donald Trump and Theresa May, rather than work to alleviate the troubles in the Muslim Ummah.
The rulers of the Muslim world, especially the neighbours of Syria have made it clear that they stand with the open enemies of the believers whether they are dead or alive.
Their loyalty is with nations that care nothing about Syria or the value of human life and dignity.
These rulers do not stand with the Muslims of Syria who faced this chemical attack by the regime and its allies like Russia.
Syria awaits the return of the Khilafah Rashidah that will liberate it’s lands and protect all people. It will not have the cowardly stance of the rulers that corrupt the Muslim world today.
إنما الإمام جنة یقاتل من ورائه ویتقى به
“Only the Imam is a shield, behind whom you fight and you protect yourself with…” (Muslim)
News Article: Syria: suspected chemical attack kills dozens in Idlib province
Dozens of people have been killed in a suspected chemical attack in rebel-held northern Syria, in one of the largest mass casualty incidents using a toxic gas in the six-year conflict.
The death toll rose to 67 in the hours after the attack on Khan Sheikhun in Idlib province on Tuesday morning. Doctors said the victims exhibited symptoms apparently matching those caused by exposure to deadly sarin gas. Scores more people were injured.
The raids were carried out by planes believed to be loyal to the government of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. Later, a series of airstrikes on the same town targeted a hospital and two emergency response centres that were recovering and treating victims of the initial strike.
The attack came a day after the US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said the US government was no longer focused on Assad’s removal from office, and as a two-day conference on Syria’s future, hosted by the EU and UN, began in Brussels.
The international chemical weapons watchdog said it was gathering and analysing information. The French foreign minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, demanded an emergency UN security council meeting.
Khan Sheikhun houses thousands of refugees from the nearby province of Hama who have fled the fighting there.
“In this most recent attack, dozens of children suffocated to death while they slept,” said Ahmad Tarakji, the head of the Syrian American Medical Society, which supports hospitals in opposition-controlled areas in Syria. “This should strike at the very core of our humanity. How much longer will the world fail to respond to these heinous crimes?”
SAMS said its doctors had determined that the symptoms of the patients were consistent with exposure to organic phosphorus compounds like the nerve agent sarin, which is banned by the Chemical Weapons Convention.
“Everyone is horrified and the children are in total shock,” said Mohammad Hassoun, a spokesman for civil defence rescue workers in the nearby town of Sarmin, which received 14 of the wounded.
Hassoun said the victims were bleeding from the nose and mouth, had constricted irises and suffered from convulsions.
The casualties have been distributed across a wide range of hospitals in Idlib, with some sent north towards Turkey. There were reports that casualties driven to the Bab al-Hawa crossing on the Turkish border were experiencing difficulties in entering the country for emergency relief.
“The total number of wounded is incredible, so far it’s over 200,” said Mohammad, a doctor at another hospital in Idlib. “We received over 20 victims and most of them are children, and two of them in the ICU are extremely critical. There are a lot of injured and most of these who were near the epicentre of the attack are either dead or in intensive care.
“The families are in a terrible state because they expect the victims to die.”
Mohammad said the victims he had seen had constricted irises, low oxygen and poor blood pressure and were drifting in and out of consciousness. Many were on respirators.
Few hospitals in Idlib have the capacity to deal with the symptoms of chemical attacks due to the repeated bombing of medical facilities by forces loyal to the government, and lack sufficient oxygen tanks to treat victims.
Idlib is one of the last bastions of rebel control in Syria, and has been subjected to a relentless campaign of aerial bombardment despite a supposed ceasefire brokered earlier this year by Russia and Turkey that was aimed at paving the way for political negotiations.
The raid in Khan Sheikhun indicates the growing confidence of Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad. Assad has wrested control of territory from the rebels, including the entire city of Aleppo, in recent months. His regime has benefited from the unflinching support of Moscow and Shia militias backed by Iran, as well as waning support for the opposition by its allies in the region and the new American administration.
The attack will refocus attention on the failure of the international community to prevent the worst abuses in Syria’s war, and casts doubt on a signature achievement by the administration of Barack Obama, which negotiated the presumed destruction of Assad’s chemical arsenal in 2013.
That deal followed a sarin gas attack on eastern Ghouta near Damascus in August 2013 that killed more than 1,000 people and nearly prompted an American intervention in the conflict.
Since then, chemical attacks have continued on a smaller scale, mostly deploying chlorine gas, which was not covered by the deal because it has industrial uses. The deployment of toxic gas on this scale is an escalation of Assad’s war and indicates that his military still retains supplies of banned chemical weapons.
“The world doesn’t care and no one will do anything,” said one British doctor working in northern Syria to assist local hospitals, who shared footage of the patients arriving at his clinic.
The footage showed patients arriving with their shirts removed and being hooked up to respirators, as well as disturbing images of dead children who had suffocated.
The Syrian opposition described the attack as “appalling” and called on the UN security council to take action.
“The Assad regime continues to use internationally prohibited weapons in bombing civilian areas in a blatant violation of the fourth Geneva convention and UN security council resolutions 2118, 2209, 2235 and 2254,” the opposition Syrian coalition said.
“These crimes would not have happened again had it not been for the lukewarm response by the international community and its failure to ensure protection for civilians.”