The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an UK-based monitoring group, reported that the chemical incident in Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib province, on Tuesday took the lives of 72 civilians, 20 of which are children.
The numerous footages shown in the media reveal people choking from the gas and foaming at the mouth. The World Health Organization and the team from the medical charity MSF, who treated some of the sick, confirmed that the victims displayed symptoms consistent with exposure to nerve agents such as sarin.
Many believe that the attack was organized by the Syrian government and US president Donald Trump is one of them. He called Tuesday’s attack “heinous actions by the Bashar al-Assad regime.” Trump believes that his predecessor Barack Obama should be held responsible too, as his administration did not handle the conflict in Syria correctly.
Syria’s military denied using chemical weapons against its citizens in a statement posted on Facebook:
“The general command of the army and armed forces categorically denies using any chemical or poisonous materials in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in the Idlib countryside today, nor has it used or will it use them in any place or time previously or in the future.”