Chemical Weapons Attack in Besieged Aleppo

Washington DC- There was another chemical attack in the besieged area of Aleppo yesterday. Three barrels containing a choking agent were dropped yesterday in the Kallaseh neighborhood and on a medical point causing at least 25 exposed victims to experience symptoms consistent with chlorine inhalation, including suffocation and difficulty breathing.

This comes amidst a fierce campaign against the besieged area of Aleppo, according to the White Helmets yesterday alone 46 civilians were killed, and 230 were wounded as a result from 140 airstrikes.

Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations (UOSSM) representatives issued a statement saying,  “Targeting civilians and medical facilities with chemical weapons is a war crime.  We echo the sentiments of the UN General Assembly, where 122 countries demanded the immediate and complete end to all attacks on civilians and civilian objects, to all sieges throughout the country and to allow unconditional humanitarian access to those in need. We ask the OPCW (Organization for the Prohibition Of Chemical Weapons) to fulfill it’s mandate and launch an immediate investigation into this attack and hold perpetrators responsible for these grievous violations to international law (UNSC-R 2118, UNSC-R 2209). ”

Dr. Khaula Sawah, CEO of UOSSM USA said, “It is so painful and disturbing to watch besieged Aleppo experience such vicious attacks, we have said this over and over again, targeting civilians and medical facilities are in complete violation of International Humanitarian Law, we call on the UN and all responsible parties to act immediately, to let medical and humanitarian aid in and wounded victims that are in dire need of medical care out, before it is too late and the whole city of Aleppo becomes one large graveyard.”