Benjamin Netanyahu: World Must Remove Chemical Weapons from Syria

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the international community to fulfill Security Council resolutions and stop the Assad regime and rebel groups in Syria from using chemical weapons.

“When I saw pictures of babies suffocating from a chemical attack in Syria, I was shocked and outraged. There’s no, none, no excuse whatsoever for the deliberate attacks on civilians and on children, especially with cruel and outlawed chemical weapons. I call on the international community to fulfill its obligation from 2013 to fully and finally remove these horrible weapons from Syria,” said Netanyahu during a  memorial ceremony for the late President Chaim Herzog at in Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem.

Dozens of people, including 11 children, died Tuesday in a suspected chemical attack in the town of Khan Sheikhun in the Syrian province of Idlib. The region, located in the northwestern part of the country, is controlled by Syrian rebels and is believed to have been perpetrated by the Syrian army. The attack was followed by an airstrike on a medical installation where victims of the attack were being treated. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, medical sources onsite described it as a gas attack when many people started to choke or faint, and had foam coming out of their mouths, seemingly from chlorine or sarin gas.

In 2013, the UN Security Council adopted unanimously resolution 2118 determining that the use of chemical weapons anywhere constituted a threat to international peace and security, and called for the full implementation an Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) resolution spelling out special procedures for the rapid and verifiable destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons.

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