KRG denounces chemical weapons attack on Syria’s Idlib

KRG denounces chemical weapons attack on Syria’s Idlib
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SULAIMANI — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) denounced the use of chemical weapons on the Syrian province of Idlib, which killed more than 70 people.

The KRG Council of Ministers released a statement on Friday (April 7), saying they hoped the U.S. missile attack on a Syrian airfield would become a reason to end such “crimes.”

“The people of the Kurdistan Region saw many calamities under the fallen Baath Regime. One of them was the Halabja chemical attack which killed 5,000 people in a second,” the statement said.

“If the international community had not chosen to remain silent and had taken the necessary measures, it could have become a reason not to repeat such inhuman crimes,” the statement added.

The KRG called on the international community to seriously work to find primary solutions to the conflict in the Middle East.

Fifty-nine Tomahawk missiles were launched from the USS Porter and USS Ross around 8:40 p.m. EDT (0040 GMT on Friday), striking multiple targets - including the airstrip, aircraft and fuel stations - on the Shayrat Air Base, which the Pentagon says was used to store chemical weapons.

U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the strikes a day after he blamed Assad for this week's chemical attack, which killed at least 70 people, many of them children, in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun.

The Syrian government has denied it was behind the attack.