During the United Nations emergency meeting held today after the suspected chemical attack in Syria yesterday, countries expressed their outrage of the potential war crime and urged the international community to seek a fact-finding investigation to determine who is responsible for the attack.
António Guterres, the United Nations secretary general, declared in Brussels on Wednesday that “war crimes are going on in Syria.”
“The time has come to act collectively with all necessary firmness,” France’s ambassador to the United Nations, François Delattre, told fellow Security Council members. “The world is watching us.”- New York Times
The suspected chemical attack occurred yesterday in the Northern Syrian province of Idlib and resulted in the deaths of over 70 men, women, and children. The World Health Organization believes that a nerve agent such as sarin gas was used based on the symptoms that were reported. According to NBC News, “Russian defense ministry spokesman Igor Konoshenkov said the deadly leak came from a rebel workshop used to make chemical weapons.” The US and other nations have blamed President Assad for the deadly attack.