Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Syria: Chemical weapons used on a rebel held town

(Syria) Today banned chemical weapons were used via an airstrike on the Syrian town of Khan Shaykhun currently situated in the rebel held part of north Hama. Here is a quick run up on what was (and still is) happening in the area which may help explain why somebody used such a weapon.

On the 21st of March a united force of around  17 rebels groups led by Failaq al-Sham commander Fadullah Naji and Al-Qaeda chief Abu Mohammad al-Julani (Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham leader) launched a military offensive against the town of Hama  and swiftly  captured a swathe of land. The Syrians, backed by Russia,Iran and Hezb-allah responded by flooding the area with troops , which have been supported from the air in which to stem and then take the fight back to the rebels.

The following videos fully explain the state of affairs in the region

With the rebels now on the back foot an airstrike was made on the town of Khan Sheikhun (About 22 miles from Hama) using banned chemical weapons, killing at least 60 people and injuring at least another 100 more. At this moment in time nobody is owning up to the use of chemical (Choking agent?) weapons , but seeing as how Syria (And its friends) are on the move, how all of them have huge stocks of banned chemical weapons (Kind of explains why Israel issued gas masks in 2013 after it was feared the US was going to hit Syria ) it isn't hard to see who was behind this outrage,.The videos coming out of Khan Sheikhun are quite harrowing (And I mean harrowing) so here's a sanitised BBC report.