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Syria massacres 'the worst since World War II': Watchdog

Hell unleashed on Syria civilians
Syria regime on Tuesday carried out a new heinous crime in Idlib, with the warplanes unleashing hell on civilians in Khan Shaykhun. Forces of Bashar al-Assad killed dozens of innocent civilians using chemical weapons.

Over 58 people were reported to have been killed in the carnage. But there are conflicted accounts on the real civilian toll from the massacre.

Earlier on the day, the Syrian opposition coalition said that the chemical attack carried out by jets of Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday on Khan Sheikun south of Idlib killed 100 people and injured 400, calling on UNSC to act on these massacres.

As shocking images flooded social media on the heels of the attacks, condemnations poured in from regional and international watchdogs amid silence of the international community.
The UK-based Arab Organization for Human Rights strongly denounced the Tuesday morning massacre.
The regime's jets fired missiles containing poisonous substances internationally banned at the innocent civilians.

The organization called on the international community to revitalize mechanisms considered by the UN to protect civilians and stop the bloodshed in Syria.

These massacres are the worst and ugliest since World War II, the watchdog confirmed.

There must be a judicial system established outside the umbrella of the UNSC under the UNGA resolution No. 377 dubbed' United for Peace and Justice' for Assad regime not to get away with his crimes, the organization asserted. 

What is Sarin gas?

The gas used in the ruthless attack has symptoms similar to those caused by Sarin gas, medical sources assert. It is a man-made nerve agent which causes unimaginable torturous pain, Metro reported.

The chemical wasn’t initially intended as a weapon, it was originally developed as an insecticide by German chemist Gerhard Schrader in 1937. It was later developed into a nerve gas due to its unspeakable impact on the human body.

Sarin is quasi impossible to detect until it’s too late.The gas has no decipherable smell or taste and is absorbed simply through exposure. Physicians say it permeates the human body, getting into parts like lungs and membranes.

Those who are deemed to be hit by this gas suffer an excruciating pain.

Within a few seconds of being exposed to Sarin, the gas inhibits control of smooth muscles. It renders chest tight, leading to difficulty in breathing and a blurred vision.
Not the first crime

On May 12, terror militias, of al-Nusra Front, in Syria committed a heinous crime against unarmed civilians in Zara village in Hama, with multiple media platforms reporting hundreds of deaths and kidnappings among civilians.

Tallies showed that over 180 civilians including women and children died in the bloody attack. Civilians, present inside the village at the time of the carnage, were butchered and thrown into a lake.     

Also, more than 117 civilians were led to an unknown destination. But there are reports suggesting that they were taken to the hideouts of the terrorists in Rastan and Talbisa.

ISIS 'head to head' with Assad in massacres

After they took control of the village of Kafr Saghir in northeast Aleppo, ISIS terrorists butchered dozens of civilians.

The terror group killed over 20 Kurdish and Arab civilians, sources said. 

They also added that fighting between Assad regime and ISIS, common enemy of civilians, are still continuing, with reports speaking of ISIS control over large parts of the city.

Hardliner Islamist militant groups and battalions continued to fire mortars and gas cylinders at the predominantly Kurdish Sheikh Maksoud neighborhood of Aleppo, killing and injuring many civilians while on their way to receive treatment at Kurdish Red Crescent center.

These merciless attacks prompted calls from watchdogs and relief organizations for urgent intervention to end the siege imposed on the neighborhood where 50, 000 civilians inhibit.

In August 2013, a chemical attack was launched on Al Ghouta east of the capital Damascus, killing hundreds of residents of the area as a result of inhaling deadly nerve gas.

Syrian opposition blamed the bloodshed on Assad regime, asserting that 155th Brigade of the his forces stationed in Al-Kalamoun fired 16 rockets at 2:30 am at the eastern region of Al-Ghouta and other rockets at Zamaleka, Ein Tirma and Al-Mu'admiya in Ghouta. 

Assad regime denied responsibility for the attack whose civilian toll ranged from 280 to 1,700.

It is ironic that the massacre occurred three days after the UN inspectors arrived in the capital Damascus to start a probe into the massacres committed against civilians in the war-shuttered country. 

The Syrian Human Rights Network released a detailed report on violations committed by the Assad forces and allied militias over the past few years, documenting the killing of 206,932 civilians, including 24,799 children, and 23,501 women. 

About  12,987 civilians died under torture, the report added.
Last Modified: Thursday، 06 April 2017 12:05 AM