Even though such things are illegal, it seems that somebody didn’t get the memo and pulled out the big guns. More than 70 are dead, at least 10 of them children, in the illegal strike.
Anything I Should Know?
Back in 2013, the Syrian government was flagged for a similar attack, except much larger. More than 1,000 people were killed in a strike, and since chemical weapons are considered a war crime by the international community, that’s kind of a big deal.
The attack was blamed on Syria’s President Assad. Rebel groups, some of whom have the support of the US, have been going up against him for years to try and depose him. Former President Obama was a hair’s breadth away from sending in military intervention until the involved parties opted for a peaceful approach.
Syria was left alone, on the condition that all the remaining chemical weapons would be destroyed.
It seems they missed some.
So What’s Up in Syria Now?
The attack occurred on April 4th, in the northern town of Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib, Syria. The area is held by the same rebels who are trying to depose Assad from his position.
Russia, who backs Assad, says yes, claiming that a government airstrike accidentally hit a factory. They also claim that the factory was there because the rebels are producing their own chemical weapons. Source?
Assad himself says that the government had nothing to do with it, and that it was all the fault of terrorists.
C’mon guys, get your stories straight.
So Coming Up?
Hundreds of thousands of people have already died in this civil war ragging inside Syria’s borders. This newest attack is the latest of many, coming in right when world leaders are convening to talk about peace. They say that it’s about time to settle things, and that something needs to be done before things escalate further.
Obviously, things are still up in the air. Let’s hope nothing drastic gets done…