Tragedy has struck the Syrian city of Khan Sheikhoun today, as nearly 60 have already been killed is what is being described as a “poison gas attack”.
The still unidentified gas began affecting residents of Khan Sheikhoun moments after an airstrike occurred in the city, presumably by either Russian or Syrian government forces. The primary cause of death appeared to be asphyxiation from exposure to the mystery gas, and the attack is considered at this time to be the most heinous use of chemical weapons in the history of Syria’s civil war.
“France’s foreign minister is calling for an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting over a suspected chemical attack in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province.
“Jean-Marc Ayrault condemned the ‘atrocious act’ in a statement Tuesday, saying he is seeking the emergency meeting because of events of extreme gravity ‘that threaten international security.’”
Syria’s civil war has been a hotbed of international tension in recent years, as both Russia and The United States have been involved for the purpose of crushing international terror organization ISIS, who have been thriving in the chaos of the torn nation.
Russia has had no problem hurling insults at the U.S. for what the Kremlin sees as a meek involvement in the conflict, and has accused the United States of standing down to allow Russians to bear the brunt of the violence. At the same time, President Donald Trump has openly called for a new diplomacy with the Russians, in which they could use their combined forces to push ISIS to the brink of destruction.
This story is still developing.