Syria chemical attack death toll now at 72; new strikes hit

Syria chemical attack death toll now at 72; new strikes hit

Russia, meanwhile, has blamed the deaths on a Syrian airstrike on a "terrorist" ammunition depot.

Wednesday's renewed airstrikes hit near the location of the suspected chemical attack, said Ahmed al-Sheikho, of the Idlib Civil Defense team. But early indicators point to the release of a nerve agent like Sarin. "I entrust to God's mercy those who have tragically died, I express my spiritual closeness to their families and to all those who suffer because of this tragic event", he said.

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Erdogan, one Assad's most steadfast critics who has repeatedly called for his ouster, also called the Syrian president a "murderer".

The attack came one day ahead of Wednesday's large donor conference on Syria in Brussels and has rattled leaders in their efforts to find a peaceful solution to the six-year-old raging war.

While calling the attack "reprehensible" and intolerable, Trump said Obama "did nothing" after Assad crossed the former USA leader's "red line" in 2013. They say they hit a cache of rebel weapons that then leaked.

In 2014, the OPCW said Syria had handed over its declared stockpile of chemical weapons.

Earlier on Wednesday, Turkey said it had reminded Russia and Iran of their responsibilities in preventing violations of an ongoing ceasefire in Syria by making representations at the Russian and Iranian embassies in Ankara. Gen. Zaher al-Sakat in 2013.

Syria's military denied the accusation in a statement, saying the army "denies using any toxic or chemical agents in Khan Sheikhoun today, and it did not and never will use it anywhere".

Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Moscow considered the resolution "anti-Syrian", adding it "pre-empts the results of an investigation and just immediately designates the guilty".

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"You have to have access, you have to have security", he said. "He's done a fantastic job in a very hard situation".

The Syrian Coalition, an umbrella opposition group, compared the suspected chemical attack with one in Eastern Ghouta in 2013 "that the global community allowed to pass without accountability or punishment".

"Turkey and Russian Federation have issues they agree on and issues they disagree on", she said.

This is how it unfolded, based on eyewitness accounts provided to CNN. "After six years of carnage, there is little reason to believe a single incident would move the USA to action".

The World Health Organization said victims appeared to show symptoms consistent with exposure to organophosphorus chemicals.

The effects of the attack overwhelmed hospitals around the town, leading paramedics to send patients to medical facilities across rebel-held areas in northern Syria, as well as to Turkey.

It's a long way from Ronald Reagan's conception of America as a shining "city on a hill", a vision of leadership by example he expounded on in his farewell address as "a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity".

Syria's government denied it carried out any chemical attack.

"How many more children have to die before Russian Federation cares?" she demanded. "Most had foam around their mouths, agitation and constricted pupils". "If there were no supportive care or ICU, people were dying". It mixes easily with water - symptoms can be brought on by drinking or even touching a contaminated water supply. "He does not mean that it is good to suffer, but that, when we suffer for the good, we are in communion with the Lord, who consented to suffer and be placed on the cross for our salvation".

In liquid form, symptoms are likely to appear a few minutes to a few hours after exposure, but the effect is nearly instantaneous when it's an odorless gas.