Toronto, ON- Chlorine gas attacks reported in the Kallaseh neighbourhood of besieged Aleppo and a medical point on December 9, 2016. Victims at the medical facility reported symptoms consistent with the choking agent, chlorine gas. The number of injuries and casualties is currently unconfirmed.
UOSSM representatives issued a statement: “Targeting civilians and medical facilities with chemical weapons is a war crime. We echo the sentiments of the UN General Assembly, where 122 countries demanded the immediate and complete end to all attacks on civilians , civilian objects, to all sieges throughout the country and to allow unconditional humanitarian access to those in need. We ask the OPCW (Organization for the Prohibition Of Chemical Weapons) to fulfill it’s mandate and launch an immediate investigation into this attack and hold perpetrators responsible for these grievous violations to international law (UNSC-R 2118, UNSC-R 2209). ”
Dr. Anas Al Kassem, Chairman of UOSSM Canada said “A whole city is being butchered before our eyes. The time is now to look past politics and focus on saving those on the brink of survival. We call on the UN and all responsible parties to act immediately. To let medical and humanitarian aid in and wounded victims that are in dire need of medical care out. ”
*Dr. Anas Al Kassem, Chairman of UOSSM Canada and Ontario Surgeon is available for interview.
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