UN calls emergency meeting after possible Chemical attack in Syria
Apr 5, Damascus: The UN Security Council will hold emergency talks after a suspected chemical attack in Syria that left dozens of civilians dead and wounded.
According to reports, the attack on a rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province has brought furious international reaction, with the US and other powers blaming the Syrian government for the deaths.
The attack will overshadow a conference in Brussels at which 70 donor nations will discuss aid efforts in Syria as delegates want to step up humanitarian access for thousands of civilians trapped by the six year long fighting.Nearly five million Syrians have fled the country and more than six million are internally displaced, the UN says. More than 250,000 people have been killed.
Wednesday's emergency meeting of the UN Security Council was called by France and the UK as international outrage mounted over the suspected gas attack.
Similarly the UN Secretary-General António Guterres has condemed the attack, in a statment issued on Tuesday, he has expressed his heartfelt condolences to victims of the incident and their families.
The United Nations is not currently in a position to independently verify these reports. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Fact-Finding Mission has announced that it has begun gathering information to attempt to confirm if chemical weapons were used. He recalled that the Security Council previously determined that the use of chemical weapons anywhere constitutes a threat to international peace and security, and that it affirmed that the use of chemical weapons constitutes a serious violation of international law.
The Oslo Times International News Network