President of the Syrian Coalition Anas Abdah and members of the Coalition’s political committee met with representatives of a number of friendly and sisterly countries in the Coalition’s headquarters in Istanbul on Wednesday.
Abdul Hamid Yousef, a survivor of the sarin attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun, attended the meeting and gave an eyewitness account of the horrible massacre.
Abdah said that the April 4 chemical attack on Khan Sheikoun has been the biggest of its kind since the August 2013 sarin attack on eastern Ghouta in Rural Damascus. He attributed the regime’s continued massacres to the failure of the international community to deter the regime and compel it to comply with international resolutions.
Yousef gave a harrowing account of the horrible attack that claimed the lives of 25 members of his family, including his wife and twin babies. He confirmed that the attack was carried out by warplanes that hit civilian homes inside the town with chemical weapons.
The town did not have any rebel military positions before or during the attack, contrary to claims by the Assad regime and Russia, Yousef added. He also said that the bombing directly targeted residential areas.
Yousef also gave an account of the dire living conditions in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in light of the continued bombing by the regime and its allies. He called on the representatives of the friendly and sisterly countries to adopt a tougher position of the crimes of the Assad regime and to work seriously to put end an end to such crimes.
For their part, representatives of friends of Syria reiterated condemnation of the egregious massacre, stressing the need to hold the perpetrators to account in international courts. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)