Last night forces loyal to Syrian dictator and war criminal Bashar Al-Assad used chlorine gas and other unidentified chemical weapons, banned under international law, in Douma near the capital Damascus. To date, 70 people have suffocated to death, with scores more still suffering, including women and children. The death toll is expected to rise. This comes amid continuous bombardment of the surrounding areas in Ghouta, which has levelled complete neighbourhoods and has left thousands dead and wounded.
This brutal attack comes nearly a year after the Khan Shaykhun chemical attack in April of last year. These attacks, among others such as the infamous Ghouta chemical attack in 2013, not only prove that President Assad and his forces are serial offenders when it comes to chemical and biological warfare, but that they continue to murder with impunity.
The Muslim Association of Britain calls on our government and the international community to unite in condemning these war crimes and work to prevent them from ever recurring. It is clearly unacceptable that justice is denied to the Syrian people, and those who collaborate to deny them such justice must be brought to task and held responsible for the crimes being committed on a daily basis.
Speaking on behalf of MAB, Mustafa Al-Dabbagh stated: “The flagrant disregard of international law that Bashar Al-Assad continues to show must not go unpunished. Just as Russia, an ally of President Assad, was criticised and held to task by numerous countries for its alleged role in a chemical attack in Salisbury, we call on the international community and our Government to do the same for the crimes being committed against millions of Syrian civilians.”
Muslim Association of Britain
8th April 2018
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