Syria chemical attack Russia explanation rejected:Russian claims that a Syrian airstrike on a “terrorist” ammunition depot caused the deaths of at least 70 people have been rejected, as condemnation mounts over what appears to be a targeted chemical attack.
At least 10 children died in Tuesday’s attack on a rebel-held town in Idlib province, and dozens of people were treated for symptoms of chemical poisoning, including foaming at the mouth and suffocation.
Activists said the Syrian regime dropped a chemical bomb and was responsible for the killings. The British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, said all evidence suggested that the Assad regime was behind a “barbaric act.”
If the incident is confirmed to be a chemical weapons attack, it would be one of the deadliest of its kind since the Syrian war began six years ago.
Syria denies the accusations and Russia says it had no warplanes in the vicinity.
Key developments (TopStories)
- The attack coincided with a two-day meeting in Brussels on Syria’s future.
- Medical experts say attack appears to be the result of a nerve agent like sarin gas.
- UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says Syrian regime likely behind attacks.
- US Sen. John McCain called for President Trump to send strong signal to Assad.
- UN will hold a Security Council emergency meeting later Wednesday.
“All the evidence I have seen suggests that it was the Assad regime who did it, in full knowledge they were using illegal weapons in a barbaric attack on their own people,”Johnson said.“We must accept the paradox of this meeting today. We are all here together trying to assemble a vast .. sticking plaster for Syria when there are still governments here supporting the Assad regime, which is inflicting those wounds and inflicting them with weapons that were banned internationally a century ago.”