On April 4 a chemical attack happened in Syria. It happened in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun.
The attack seems to be the deadliest chemical attack in Syria since August 2013. At least 89 people were killed. That includes 33 children and 18 women.
And then another 541 people were injured in the attack.
According to The New York Times, “The poison used in the deadly chemical bomb attack in a rebel-held part of northern Syria this week was the banned nerve agent sarin.”
It was spread after warplanes dropped bombs filled with it in the early morning hours. Some began choking, gasping or foaming at the mouth from breathing in poison that possibly contained a nerve agent or other banned chemicals.
Rescue workers grew ill and started collapsing from being so close to the dead.
According to bbc.co.uk, “It was also not immediately clear whether anyone was killed when Khan Sheikhoun’s main hospital was struck by a rocket on Tuesday afternoon.” So in addition to the bomb in the morning, there was also a rocket launched on a hospital.
President Donald Trump launched the first direct military assault against the “Assad regime” two days after the attack.
The United States, Turkey and other Western states have blamed the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for the attack on Syria. Russia has also been blamed, they have denied the accusations.
They said that terrorist groups were behind the deaths.
“The US warships launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the airbase that was home to the warplanes that carried out the chemical attacks, US officials said,” according to Barbara Starr and Jeremy Diamond from CNN.com
They also said, “The strike is the first direct military action taken by the US against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the country’s six-year civil war.”
This shows that the US is finally taking action after 6-years. As they see they need to.
And, “It represents a substantial escalation of the US military campaign in the region, and could be interpreted by the Syrian government as an act of war.”