The US airstrikes on the Shayrat Air Base in Homs province Syria has brought a barrage of criticism to the Trump administration. But the fact of the matter is, the people who should be doing all the complaining, aren’t. As a matter of fact, they are most grateful.
The Syrian people who were victims of the devastating chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun that killed 87 civilians are asking the US for more airstrikes against the Assad regime. One man, in particular, Abdel Hameed al-Youssef is making that plea public.
Youssef lost everything he loved in the chemical attack. He lost his 9-month-old twins, his wife and more than 20 other beloved members of his family. The day of April 4th was the saddest day of Youssef’s life and he’s putting all the blame on the Assad regime!
According to ABC News, the airstrike hit just 20 meters away from his home. Youssef and his family were safe from the strike at first. But that didn’t last very long. The nerve agent Sarin gas was then dropped in another airstrike, this time silently. No one heard the airstrike but Youssef explains that people around him began to “collapse”.
“At this moment, I felt something was wrong. So I handed over Ahmad and Aya to my wife and I told her to get away from here,” Youssef said. “I told her to get to safety.”
When his wife Tallulah complied, Youssef proceeded to help his neighbors and other family members in need. He described seeing people unconscious and foaming at their mouths. It was surely like a scene out of a horror movie.
But Youssef couldn’t be the hero of the day. He eventually succumbed to the effects of the chemical, but only mildly.
“I was conscious for only a few seconds and then I fainted,” Youssef said.
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Thankfully Youssef survived the chemical attack but his wife, children and over 20 of his family members shared a different, more gruesome fate.
When he got up, he was told that his wife and kids were seeking refuge in a shelter nearby. He instantly rushed to meet them. His wife was with the twins and Youssef thought that maybe there was hope as there still seemed to be some life in them even though barely. The concerned father wiped the foam from the mouths of his twin babies and held them.
“I told them, ‘Hello darlings. I took too long. I rescued everyone else but I couldn’t rescue you,'” Youssef told ABC News, in between tears. “I was expecting them to hug me back.”
This the heartbreaking photo that was taken. It captured the attention of many including ABC News who sought out Youssef for an interview. Youssef said a lot in the interview and one of the many notable things was his support of the US airstrikes.
“Firstly, I’d like to thank President Trump and the U.S. administration on the initial steps they took against the airport that killed my children and all the martyrs. But I didn’t expect the strikes to stop,” Youssef said. “I was surprised. Why did President Trump stop the strikes? Why one airport, one base?”
The US has promised to do more, according to Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
“The United States took a very measured step last night. We are prepared to do more, but we hope that will not be necessary,” Haley said on Friday during at U.N. Security Council meeting about Syria.
Now, Assad has yet to take responsibility for the chemical attack but it should be noted that the target of the chemical attack was an Al-Queda run hospital.
So one can assume that the attack was done in the name of killing terrorists. And bombings of Al-Queda run operations is a relatively normal thing in Syria that never saw much interference from the US government.
But the use of chemical weapons is where the major problem begins. Syria was supposed to get rid of all it’s chemical weapons by 2014 in a joint removal plan by the US and Russia in accordance with the UN. In other words, there shouldn’t be any chemical weapons in Syria. Let’s also not forget the Geneva Protocol and the Chemical Weapons Convention, among other treaties banning the use of chemical weapons.
Syria should not be allowed to break the rules that clearly disallows the kind of actions displayed on April 4th without paying the consequences. Let’s remember just how dangerous these chemicals are!
So, what does Russia, the Assad regime’s greatest ally have to say about this? Well, a representative of the country claims that the deadly gasses were not released by the airstrike but simply a consequence of the airstrike as an opposition-owned warehouse containing the deadly nerve gas was hit. But this claim was debunked by the thousands of people on the ground who survived the attack, including Youssef.
“The Russians have no credibility and in terms of the claim that there was chemical weapons [in the town],” Youssef told ABC News. “The warehouses we had were grain silos and they were bombed three years ago, totally destroyed.”
And here’s an interesting fact…..no warehouses were hit during the airstrike. So what game is Russia trying to play with those claims?
“They hit civilian homes,” Youssef said.
Youssef visited the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan after the attack and during his interview with ABC News he spoke a little about it. “He promised us that there would be conversations on a security level and with President Trump to take steps against Assad to stop the killing and violence in Syria.”
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Source: ABC News