Sean Spicer, press secretary for the White House, released a statement on Tuesday condemning the alleged chemical attacks in a Syrian town and said that the assault was a “consequence of the past administration’s weakness and irresolution.”
Spicer released the following:
“Today’s attack is reprehensible and cannot be ignored by the civilized world. These heinous actions by the Bashar al-Assad regime are a consequence of the past administration’s weakness and irresolution. President Obama said in 2012 that he’d establish a red line against the use of chemical weapons and then did nothing. The U.S. stands with our allies across the globe to condemn this intolerable act.”
The United States Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, was meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordan when he ignored reporter’s questions about the chemical attack. The Department of State later issued the following statement criticizing the attack:
“While we continue to monitor the terrible situation, it is clear that this is how Bashar al-Assad operates: with brutal, unabashed barbarism. Those who defend and support him, including Russia and Iran, should have no illusions about Assad or his intentions. Anyone who uses chemical weapons to attack his own people shows a fundamental disregard for human decency and must be held accountable.”
The attack took place in Khan Sheikhoun in Northern Syria and killed around 58 civilians. Of those killed were 11 children. These numbers are being reported from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The weapon at play seemed to be a gas that caused choking and fainting. After releasing the chemical weapon, war planes flew over and hit a hospital treating these victims.
“What moved us most was when we entered a house and saw a whole family – a father, a mother and four children – killed because of the chemical attack,” said Abdullah al-Hussein, a Syrian Civil Defense volunteer. “They had been asleep. They were in their beds. The truth is that what happened today was painful in all meanings of the word.”
A schoolteacher from Khan Sheikhoun heard the attack from his location. The teacher, Muneer, whose last name was not revealed, told ABC that he hid in a corner of his room when he heard the attacks. When he attempted to go to the attack site, people told him not to go any further. “They warned me that I would faint if I came close,” Muneer said. “So I stopped walking.”
Raed al-Saleh leads the Syrian Civil Defense volunteers who are affectionately called White Helmets. Al-Saleh told ABC News, “five rockets hit the group’s center in the town, destroying equipment.”
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