The Coalition for a Democratic Syria (CDS) is among the many condemning, “in the strongest possible terms” the Assad regime’s alleged brutal use of chemical weapons in several of Damascus’ suburbs, including Zamalka, Ein Tarma, Douma, and Muadameyeh. According to the Local Coordination Committees of Syria, as cited by CNN, over 1,300 people were killed on Wednesday as a result of chemical attacks. Videos uploaded by activists show most of the victims are children.
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CDS has called upon the Obama administration to act swiftly and decisively against the regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons, which constitutes a “red line” as described by President Obama repeatedly. A U.N. team arrived in Syria earlier this week to investigate previous reports of chemical attacks (CNN). According to a statement, released Wednesday, by White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest, the U.S. is formally requesting that the U.N. urgently investigate “reports that hundreds of Syrian civilians have been killed in an attack by Syrian government forces, including by the use of chemical weapons.”
“Assad’s regime has committed yet another horrible crime, making a mockery of all laws and lines,” said Dr. Yahya Basha, Chairman of CDS. “The Obama administration and the UN should immediately investigate the chemical attacks and actively prevent the Assad regime from using chemical weapons against the Syrian people. The timing of the attacks is a very clear message to the Obama administration and the international community.” (Note: the reports of the incident are under investigation).