April 12, 2014
The Syrian Coalition renews its call on the United Nations to carry out an investigation into the use of poison gas and toxic substances by the Assad regime in different parts across Syria, the latest of which was in Kafr Zeita, northern Hama yesterday. Activists from the area confirmed Assad’s forces used chlorine in the attacks causing scores of civilians, including children, to show symptoms including asphyxiation, involuntary salivating, and frothing at the mouth.
Less than 24 hours have passed since the Assad regime used poison gas and highly concentrated pesticides in the town of Harasta, Rural Damascus.
Assad has repeatedly defied the international community. He failed to meet international obligations, including handing over chemical weapons (endorsed by UNSC in resolution 2118), allowing humanitarian aid to reach those in need (endorsed by UNSC in resolution 2139), and the formation of a transitional governing body in Geneva II (endorsed by UNSC in resolution 2118).
The Syrian people have the right to be protected. The international community must firmly respond to Assad’s testing of the limits. As long as there is not a clear response, the Assad regime will continue to carry out atrocities, gassing innocent men, women and children in Syria.
May our wounded recover, our detainees be free, and our fallen heroes rest in peace.
Long live Syria and its people, free and with honor.