Syria gas attack crossed many lines: Trump
WASHINGTON, 22 days ago
US President Donald Trump accused Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad's government of going "beyond a red line" with a poison gas attack on civilians and said his attitude toward Syria and Assad had changed, but gave no indication of how he would respond.
Trump said the attack, which killed at least 70 people, many of them children, "crosses many, many lines", an allusion to his predecessor Barack Obama's threat to topple Assad with air strikes if he used such weapons, said a Reuters report.
His accusations against Assad put him directly at odds with Moscow, the Syrian's president principal backer.
At least 27 children were confirmed killed in the attack in Idlib, northwest of Syria, Unicef said today. A further 546 people, among them many children, have been injured. Casualty figures are expected to rise.
"The killing of children in Syria cannot be allowed to continue," said Unicef regional director Geert Cappelaere. "All parties to the conflict and those with influence on them must immediately put an end to this horror."
Unicef and partners continue to respond to the attack by supporting three mobile clinics and four hospitals to provide first aid and treatment, and nine ambulances to refer and transport patients to hospitals in the area.
Unicef is also delivering critical medical supplies and working with health partners to raise awareness about medical response to chemical attacks, it said.