Written by Nathasha De Alwis
16 Apr, 2018 | 7:47 pm
Seven-year-old little Masa, one of the survivors of a chemical attack in Syria, sharing her story for the first time ever stated that the “Instead of breathing air, we breathed the smell of Blood”. Speaking alongside her mother, little Masa described her feelings and her experience when a “barrel” dropped. Even though she underwent tragedy and a nightmare daring experience, she was still able to smile when sharing her story.
On Saturday (April 14), the United States, France, and Britain launched 105 missiles targeting what the Pentagon said were three chemical weapons facilities in Syria in retaliation against a suspected poison gas attack in Douma on April 7.
According to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, their message was crystal clear and the USA will not allow the Assad regime to continue to use chemical weapons. She added that if the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the United States is ‘locked and loaded.’
“When our president draws a red line, our president enforces the red line.” – U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley
Even with strong allegations, Damascus denies using or possessing chemical weapons and called the strikes an act of aggression. The Arab League called for an international probe into the “criminal” use of chemical weapons in Syria and condemned what it saw as Iran’s interference in the affairs of other countries.
Saudi Arabia and its allies have expressed support for Saturday’s (April 16) missile strikes against alleged chemical weapons facilities in Syria, while Iraq and Lebanon condemned the strikes. Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that further Western attacks on Syria would bring chaos to world affairs, as Washington prepared to increase pressure on Russia with new economic sanctions.
In a telephone conversation with his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, Putin and Rouhani agreed that the Western strikes had damaged the chances of achieving a political resolution to the seven-year long Syria conflict. French President Emmanuel Macron said he had convinced U.S. President Donald Trump to keep troops in Syria, as he defended joint air strikes he said were legitimate and allowed France and allies to regain credibility.
British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson said that he is afraid that the Syrian war in many ways will go on in its horrible, miserable way.
Pope Francis called on world leaders to renew efforts to bring peace to Syria, saying he was deeply troubled by their failure to agree on a joint plan to end the bloodshed.
In the seven years since the conflict began in Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitor, said the death toll could be as high as 511,000. According to the United Nations, more than five million people have fled the country and another six million have become internally displaced.
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