Statement on reports of chemical weapons attacks in Syria

4th April 2017

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on reports of chemical weapons attacks on children and families in Syria

“The images of children choking and dying in the streets of Idlib, Syria, following alleged chemical weapons attacks, are as horrific as they are heartbreaking. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.

“If confirmed, these attacks must do more than provoke our outrage; they must compel action by those with the power and the ability to bring an end to this devastating violence.

“The alleged use of such a horrific weapon must not obscure the violence taking place elsewhere in Syria, including in Aleppo, Damascus and Hama, nor should it distract from the daily suffering of the more than 280,000 children trapped under siege, cut off from humanitarian aid.

“The children of Syria have already suffered far too much, for far too long.”

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