United Nations, New York. A suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria that reportedly killed 68 people prompted France to call for an emergency United Nations Security Council meeting. Hours later, witnesses reported an airstrike hitting one of the clinics treating the victims. It is unkown at this time what nation’s aircraft struck the hospital.
The attack took place in the US supported rebel held town of Khan Sheikhun in Idlib province.“We have no doubt that this is a sarin gas attack,” Shajul Islam, a British medic working in a hospital in Idlib, told western press covering the attack.
The gas attack took place on the very day the European Council was hosting a conference in Brussels on the future of Syria. According to the EU press center, the EU’s top diplomat Federica Mogherini blamed Assad for the “awful” attack, despite presenting no evidence of Assad’s actual involvement.
The Russian Federation, which is an ally of the Assad regime, denied conducting any strikes close to the affected town, leaving the only other party responsible for the airstrike as the United States and it’s uninvited NATO partners who conduct operations inside Syria without permission of the Assad government in Damascus.