CDS DEMANDS TRUMP ADMINISTRATION PURSUE IMMEDIATE PUNITIVE ACTION IN RESPONSE TO CHEMICAL ATTACK ON KHAN SHEIKOUN

Washington, DC – The Coalition for a Democratic Syria (CDS) demands that the Trump Administration pursue immediate punitive action in response to the Assad regime’s unconscionable chemical weapons attack in Khan Sheikoun on Tuesday, an attack that killed at least 58 civilians and wounded hundreds of others.

Doctors treating victims of Tuesday’s attack reported symptoms of Sarin gas. The use of Sarin constitutes an outrageous violation international law, including the Chemical Weapons Convention to which the Government of Syria is party. It further violates the OPCW deal brokered in 2013 which came in response to the Assad regime’s Sarin attack in East Ghouta. The OPCW process was touted by the international community for supposedly removed all of the Syrian Government’s declared Chemical Weapons assets.

“It is no coincidence that the Assad Regime launched this attack just days it perceived a shift in stated U.S. policy on Syria,” said CDS Chairman Dr. Yahya Basha, referencing recent public remarks by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley. “The Syrian Government is testing the limits of the Trump Administration’s resolve. If the use of internationally banned Sarin gas was enough to prompt Trump’s predecessor to consider immediate military action, we call on the current Administration to pursue immediate coercive measures like air strikes to end the Assad regime’s ability to launch these indefensible chemical attacks.”

Just last week, the Assad regime used chemical weapons in other areas of Syria, including on a hospital supported by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Latmaneh in Hama.