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Tillerson says chemical attack shows how Syria's Assad operates
April 4, 2017 / 8:05 PM / 8 months ago

Tillerson says chemical attack shows how Syria's Assad operates

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chemical weapons attack in Syria shows how President Bashar al-Assad operates with “brutal and unabashed barbarism,” U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday, and called on Russia and Iran to make sure it never happens again.

A crater is seen at the site of an airstrike, after what rescue workers described as a suspected gas attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in rebel-held Idlib, Syria April 4, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah

“Those who defend and support him, including Russia and Iran, should have no illusions about Assad or his intentions,” Tillerson said in a statement. “Anyone who uses chemical weapons to attack his own people shows a fundamental disregard for human decency and must be held accountable.”

Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Chris Reese

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