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World divided on who is to blame for Khan Sheikhoun massacre
05/04/2017 | LOC17:48
14:48 GMT
| Arab News
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KUWAIT, April 5 (KUNA) -- As the world continues to react to the recent tragedy at Khan Sheikhoun in Syria, several global players, involved in the Syrian conflict, could not seem to agree on who is to blame for the attack which involved the use of chemical weapons.
On one hand, the Syrian regime and Russia were casting the blame on certain "groups" which were storing some dangerous and hazardous materials in warehouses in Idlib governorate, implying that they were to be blamed for the attack.
On the other hand, the international community is expressing condemnation left and right, saying that the Assad regime - backed by Russia and other allies - should be held responsible to the attack that left over a 100 people dead while some 300 suffered from serious injuries.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry's spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov, the Syrian regime's air force was targeting strongholds for the rebels in Idlib who were apparently housing some dangerous materials used in chemical weapons.
The spokesman said that Russian experts have proved, time and time again, that rebels in Aleppo, as well as in Idlib, were housing materials that could be used in manufacturing weapons of mass destruction.
In Moscow, Interfax news agency quoted anonymous diplomatic sources as saying that a draft resolution, prepared by the US, France and the UK at the Security Council denouncing the attack, was "provocative", affirming that more time for investigation should be allocated to determine who really was behind the chemical weapons assault.
As if matters could not become any worse, the Syrian regime affirmed that it resumed the bombardment of rebel held areas in Khan Sheikhoun, which might result in more death and destruction.
Meanwhile, Turkey confirmed that chemical weapons were used in the Khan Sheikhoun assault.
Turkish Health Minister Recep Akdag said in a statement while visiting Erzurum city east of Turkey that there were strong evidence that chemical weapons were used, revealing that some 32 individuals wounded in the attack were transferred to hospitals in Turkey to receive treatment for gas poison.
Though efforts for peace in Syria are seemingly being carried out in the Brussels' Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region, the facts on the ground all point to the continuous bloodshed in Syria in which the innocent unfortunately are paying the highest price. (end) rs.tk.as.gta
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