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Rep. Waters Statement on Chemical Weapons Attack in Douma, Syria

April 9, 2018
Press Release

Rep. Waters Statement on Chemical Weapons Attack in Douma, Syria 

WASHINGTONCongresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, released a statement in response to reports of a chemical weapons attack carried out by forces under Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the city of Douma, in the Eastern Ghouta region, near the capitol Damascus, this past Saturday night. The attack reportedly killed at least 40 people, many of whom were choking and foaming at the mouth. The Syrian American Medical Society reported that more than 500 people were brought to local medical centers with symptoms indicative of exposure to a chemical agent.  Rescue workers said the smell of chlorine was almost overpowering.  The Congresswoman’s statement follows: 

“I am appalled to learn that forces under Syrian President Bashar al-Assad carried out a chemical weapons attack on the city of Douma.  This merciless attack is further evidence of President Assad’s willingness to deliberately target civilians and his blatant disregard for international law and basic standards of human decency.

“My thoughts and prayers are with those who have suffered as well as all of the people of Syria, who continue to fear for their lives in the face of unimaginable violence and brutality.  I join my colleagues in the U.S. Congress to demand that Syria, which is supported by Russia and Iran, immediately cease these heartless and immoral attacks on the people of Syria.  Furthermore, I call for an immediate and verifiable ceasefire by the Syrian government and its allies.

“It is imperative that the international community develops an appropriate response to this latest attack and the continuing violence in Syria.  It is especially important that the United Nations work together with the world’s leading democratic nations to determine a coordinated strategy towards Syria, provide urgently needed humanitarian aid to the Syrian people, and hold all those who are responsible for these atrocities accountable.”