U.K. minister releases statement on Syrian chemical attack's anniversary

U.K. minister releases statement on Syrian chemical attack's anniversary. | Courtesy of the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office
U.K. Minister for the Middle East Tobias Ellwood released a statement on Friday, which was the second anniversary of the sarin nerve agent being used on citizens and opposition forces in Ghouta.

In his statement, Ellwood stated his remembrance for those who were injured and lost their lives during the attack in 2013 and those victims of recent chemical attacks that utilize chlorine gas. Ellwood also noted progress in limiting the Syrian government's chemical stockpile that has been declared. Despite this, he also stated that there is still work to be done as alleged chemical attacks are being attributed to the Syrian government.

"We should also not lose sight of terrible suffering inflicted by Assad every day on his own people through the indiscriminate use of conventional weapons, particularly barrel bombs," Ellwood said. "Only this week his forces bombed a market in Douma, close to where the Ghouta attacks took place, indiscriminately killing over a hundred people. Assad and his backers have an obligation to bring these attacks to an end and to stop targeting civilians. "

He also stated that the United Nations (UN) Security Council recently issued a resolution that allows the international community to determine who is responsible and would bring those accountable to justice. He also confirms the U.K.'s support in this matter.

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