As April 4 ended in Syria, it took with it at least 70 civilian lives caught in a power tussle between variegated political and military actors in the country. Syria’s Idlib province experienced the attack in the usual manner that civilians are accustomed to: planes flying overhead, followed by high-decibel explosions, followed by a silent chemical gas killer that manifested in respiratory symptoms exhibited by hundreds of innocent civilians – the figure of injured people currently estimated to be 550. The last attack of this scale in Syria was in August 2013 in Ghouta, near Damascus, alleged by some countries to have been carried out by the Syrian government. This time, again, some analysts point to this being an act of the Syrian regime. Regardless of who the ruthless murderers were in the April 4 attack, the Syrian people have seen no mercy by any of the factions involved in the war that has continued for well over half a decade.
The hot topic of Muslim refugees and immigration has somewhat overshadowed the conflict in Syria lately. However, it is reassuring that the United Nations Security Council will be requesting the Syrian government to provide evidence of flight logs and other information to
Published in The Express Tribune, April 6th, 2017.