Doctors urge U.N. to probe alleged chemical attack in Syria

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) urged the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday to investigate a reported chemical bombing attack on a Syrian village.

PHR staff members who are working with the Syrian American Medical Society at a field hospital said the attack allegedly occurred on Monday. Two barrel bombs were dropped by government helicopters that released an unnamed chemical agent. Reports said at least six people were killed in the attack, with dozens wounded.

“The use of indiscriminate weapons in civilian areas is a war crime," PHR Executive Director Donna McKay said. "If those weapons also use chemical agents, it compounds the unlawfulness of the attacks. Syrians are dying because the U.N. Security Council is failing to enforce its own pledge calling for an end to attacks on civilians – it must act now.”

Secretary of State John Kerry said the State Department will look into this event, noting the regime's past use of chlorine as a weapon.

"The Assad regime’s horrifying pattern of using chlorine as a chemical weapon against the Syrian people underscores the importance of investigating this allegation as quickly as possible, holding those who perpetrated such abhorrent acts in violation of international law accountable, and continuing to support the complete elimination of chemical weapons in this volatile region," Kerry said.