Chemical Attack a Game-Changer in Syrian Civil War
April 6, 2017
A chemical attack in northern Syria this week is thought to have killed over 80 people, many of whom were women and children. Though ground-level details are scant and still unverified, early indications suggest it was the Syrian air force which dropped chemical weapons in an early morning airstrike on the town.
The Russian government has rejected the idea that President Assad is behind the attack. It asserts that the deaths were caused by a Syrian government airstrike that hit a nearby chemical weapons depot belonging to opposition forces.
The attack took place in Khan Shaykhun, a town in southern Idlib – one of the last major strongholds of opposition forces in northern Syria (non-SDF).