U.S. ambassador to the U.N. speaks about Syrian victims of chemical weaponry

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power | Courtesy of the U.S. Mission to the UN
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (U.N.) Samantha Power gave an address on Thursday, following the testimony given by survivors of chemical attacks in Syria and experts on the situation.

The U.N. Security Council heard from Dr. Mohammad Tennari, a Sarmin area doctor, Dr. Zaher Sahloul, president of the Syrian-American Medical Society (SAMS), and Qusai Zakarya, a survivor of an attack in August 2013 on Moadamiya.

Recent attacks on Sarmin and neighboring towns and villages took place through the latter half of March. Tennari recounted the experience of treating victims of the attack, noting that patients showed signs of chlorine poisoning. He also stated that there had been no injuries that would be associated with more conventional weapons.

Power states that despite Resolution 2118's having the support of all those on the Security Council and despite the progress that has been made to eliminate Syrian chemical weapons, it has not stopped the Bashar al-Assad regime from utilizing chemical weapons. Furthermore, the use of chlorine gas was explicitly stated to be a form of chemical weaponry and is condemned by Resolution 2209.

Following her address, Power was asked about her experience of hearing the testimonies and seeing the videos that accompanied them. This included footage of the failed attempt to resuscitate children that had been exposed to chlorine gas.

"It’s just devastating to see the facts of what this regime is doing," Power said. "So people were visibly moved, people had questions -- very fair questions -- about 'How do you know this?' and 'What are the symptoms?'"

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