Death Toll Rises to 75 in Syria Attack
Death toll rises as activists and rescue workers continue to find more survivors hiding in shelters near the site of the bombing in a northern Syrian town. The Trump administration, and others, have blamed the attack on the government of President Bashar Assad, and his associates, as well as Russia and Iran. Damascus and Moscow have denied they were behind the attack.
Toxic Gases Suspected for High Death Toll
Syrian doctors said a combination of toxic gases is suspected to have been released during the air attacks. This resulted in the high death toll and severe symptoms. Turkey set up a decontamination center at the border crossing in the province of Hatay following the attack. Victims were initially treated here before being taken to hospitals. The World Health Organization said victims of the attack appeared to show symptoms consistent with exposure to a nerve agent.
As time passes the death toll increases. It has been reported that 75 people have been killed including 11 children. More than 550 people have been injured during the attack on Khan Sheikhoun in the Idtib province of Syria.
President Donald Trump has blamed the Assad regime for the chemical attack and said it was a consequence of the Obama administration’s “weakness and irresolution.”
White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters that the president was “extremely alarmed” by reports of the attack, which he called “reprehensible.”
Photos and video coming from the scene showed the limp bodies of children and adults. some were struggling to breathe; others appeared to be foaming at the mouth. This was the third claim of a chemical attack in just over a week in Syria.