Condemning the chemical weapons attack in Idlib province, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson accused the Syrian government of “barbarism” and said Russia and Iran also bear moral responsibility for the deaths.
In a statement of Tuesday afternoon, Tillerson pointed the finger at Damascus, saying that “it is clear that this is how Bashar Assad operates: with brutal, unabashed barbarism.”
“Anyone who uses chemical weapons to attack his own people shows a fundamental disregard for human decency and must be held accountable,” Tillerson said.
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He called on Russia and Iran to exercise their influence over Damascus “to guarantee that this sort of horrific attack never happens again,” and said that they “also bear great moral responsibility” for the deaths, as self-proclaimed guarantors of the Syrian ceasefire.
The attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun reportedly killed 58 people, including 11 children under the age of eight, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the US/UK-sponsored ‘White Helmets’ rescue group.
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