Thursday marked the third anniversary of the chemical attack carried out by the Assad forces against civilians in the town of Aqiribat in eastern rural Hama. The attack killed more than 106 civilians, mostly children and women.
Head of the local council in the town, Ahmed Al-Hamwi, pointed out that civilians in Aqiribat woke up to a strange smell in the early morning hours of that day, “unaware that they are going to die by suffocation.”
Al-Hamwi slammed the lukewarm international response to these deadly attacks. “The international response was remarkably lukewarm, but what hurts us more is the dubious silence of the international community which did not lift a finger to put an end to the ongoing carnage against civilians,” he told the local news network Baladi News.
He called on the international community, especially the Arab countries, to protect Syrian civilians from the ongoing crimes the regime is committing against them. “Those who provides cover for the criminal are criminals themselves.” (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)