Victims of Khan Shaykhun Suspected Chemical Attack Transported to Turkey for Treatment
Following the suspected chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun on April 4, Turkey opened the Bab al-Hawa border crossing in order to transport victims of the attack into the country for medical treatment.At least 30 Khan Shaykhun residents suffering from suffocation and breathing problems associated with exposure to chemicals were transferred across the border, according to Syrian opposition media reports.
The World Health organization said on April 5 that at least 70 people died in the attack, and hundreds more were wounded.
The WHO said the suspected chemical weapons incident marked the “most horrific since Ghouta in August 2013.” Dr Peter Salama, Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Program, said, “The images and reports coming from Idlib today leave me shocked, saddened and outraged.
These types of weapons are banned by international law because they represent an intolerable barbarism.” In addition to statements issued by the WHO which corroborate the claims of chemical weapons use in Khan Shaykhun, Doctors Without Borders said “medical reports strongly suggest that victims of the attack on Khan Shaykhun were exposed to at least two chemical agents.” It deployed medical teams to support emergency operations in the Idlib province and at the Bab al-Hawa Hospital, where medics donned protective clothing as they inspected patients who they said had symptoms consistent with exposure to sarin and possibly chlorine gas.
The Turkish government quickly condemned the attack.
Russia issued a statement on April 5, saying “On April 4, the Syrian Air Force aircraft carried out airstrikes on extremists’ positions on the eastern outskirts of Khan Shaykhun as part of the liquidation of consequences of the recent breakthrough of terrorists in the Hama province.
Military equipment and ammunition depots were targets [of the airstrikes].
Workshops producing landmines filled with poisonous substances were located on the territory of the facility.” Credit: YouTube/Baladi News Network via Storyful