Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade, Darragh O’Brien TD has said that he is appalled by reports of a suspected chemical attack in the Northwestern province of Idlib in Syria, which has claimed the lives of dozens of people, including children. There are further reports that the hospital treating those injured in the attack has been bombed.
“The use of chemical weapons is abhorrent and a violation of international law. Unfortunately, there have been numerous other reports, including an investigation by the United Nations, indicating that chemical weapons are being used in Syria and yet very little seems to have been done to stop such flagrant breaches of international law," he commented.
“While it is yet unclear as to who is responsible for this attack, the international community must do more to protect civilians in Syria. Strong words and platitudes are not enough and there must be real repercussions for those who knowingly and willingly commit such heinous crimes.
“Since this war began in 2011 hundreds of thousands have lost their lives and millions have been forced to flee to neighbouring countries. The people of Syria continue to be subjected to the most unspeakable and inhumane atrocities and it is incumbent upon the international community to do more to try and prevent the deaths of more innocent victims."