Fifth anniversary | 52 children and women among nearly 88 civilians died of suffocation in regime chemical attack on Khan Shaykhun city in 2017
SOHR renews its calls for holding to account all criminals, perpetrators of violations and all those who aided and abetted killing of Syrian people, mainly Al-Assad’s regime
Today, the Syrians mark the fifth anniversary of the chemical attack on Khan Shaykhun, where the city which is located in Idlib province came under a chemical attack on April 4, 2017. This attack has been labelled as the most violent ever since the beginning of the Syrian conflict. On that day, the Syrian Observatory documented the death of 88 civilians, including 31 children and 21 women, and the injury of tens others.
Medical sources confirmed to SOHR, at that time, that one of Khan Shaykhun city’s neighbourhoods came under fire with rocked carrying gas which caused asphyxiation with uncontrollable mucous streaming, irritation, spasms and other symptoms appeared on the injured people.
On the fifth anniversary of the “Black Tuesday” massacre in Khan Shaykhun which claimed the lives of 88 civilians, and which was followed by several military operations that left thousands of Syrians dead and thousands others injured, we, at the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), renew our appeals to all international actors, international community and UN Security Council to intervene immediately and put an end to the Syrian conflict and the suffering of Syrian people, and call upon them not to abandon their responsibility and obligations to finding a lasting solution to the tragedy of millions of Syrians. We also renew our calls for opening a non-politicised investigation by an independent international commission of inquiry on the massacre committed in Khan Shaykhun on April 4, 2017, and bringing all criminals, perpetrators and all those who aided and abated such heinous crimes throughout Syria to justice.