The United States vowed to hold the Assad regime accountable for its crimes in Syria in a statement marking the sixth anniversary of the Assad regime’s biggest chemical attack on the Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta that killed nearly 1,500 civilians, including children and women.
The Assad regime’s “barbaric history of using chemical weapons against its own people cannot and will not be forgotten or tolerated,” the State Department said in a statement commemorating the one-year anniversary of the “horrific” chemical attack.
The statement stressed that Washington remains determined to “hold the Assad regime accountable for these heinous acts and will continue to pursue all efforts alongside partner countries to ensure that those involved in chemical attacks face serious consequences.”
“Assad and others in his regime who believe they can continue using chemical weapons with impunity are mistaken.“
On August 21, 2013, Assad regime forces launched chemical attack with the nerve agent sarin on the Ghouta district in Damascus, killing nearly 1,500 people and wounding more than 10,000 others, mostly women and children.
The Syrian Coalition condemned the crimes of the Assad regime and its allies as they are seeking to suppress the revolution for freedom and dignity. The Coalition stressed that the international system is to blame for the Assad regime’s continued crimes as the this system has so far failed to fulfill its duty and allowed these crimes to take place. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department + Agencies)