Il ministero degli Esteri francese ha annunciato che prevede di inviare aiuti umanitari alle persone rimaste ferite per l’attacco chimico a Idlib, in Siria. Il carico, composto da una mezza tonnellata di farmaci e da prodotti per la protezione chimica, sarà consegnato attraverso la Turchia e distribuito dall’Unione delle cure mediche e delle organizzazioni di soccorso (UOSSM). La Francia è stata una dei promotori della risoluzione del Consiglio di Sicurezza delle Nazioni Unite con cui il governo siriano è stato accusato dell’attacco chimico.
France’s Foreign Ministry announced on Thursday it planned to send humanitarian assistance to those who had suffered from a suspected chemical attack in Syria’s Idlib. “After a chemical attack carried out by the Syrian regime on April 4, 2017 in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, Jean-Marc Ayrault, the foreign minister, said he wanted to urgently send humanitarian aid to those hit by it and to their caregivers,” the statement read. The cargo, composed of half a tonne of medicines as well as chemical protection, would be delivered through Turkey and distributed by the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations (UOSSM), the ministry said. France was one of initiators of a UN Security Council resolution that blamed the suspected gassing of dozens of civilians on the Syrian government. Damascus denied the allegations. Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday the incident needed to be cleared up before making any accusations. Syria’s government earlier denied having chemical weapons after agreeing in 2013 to have it moved out of the country under supervision from the UN-backed Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The OPCW said in early 2016 the entire arsenal had been destroyed. The US Department of State published a report in June 2016, claiming Syrian authorities continued to use chemical substances against civilians and could also stockpile chemical weapons. UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Kim Won-soo said that the UN and OPCW experts still could not confirm the complete destruction of factories assembling chemical weapons in Syria.