IAWM EXPRESSES SOLIDARITY WITH VICTIMS OF CHEMICAL ATTACK BUT CONDEMNS OVERNIGHT AIRSTRIKE BY TRUMP ON SYRIA

IAWM PRESS RELEASE 07 APRIL 2017

• SUPPORT IRISH SYRIA SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT PROTEST AT RUSSIAN EMBASSY TODAY

• IAWM CONDEMNS OVERNIGHT AIRSTRIKE BY TRUMP ON SYRIA

• AN ESCALATION OF THE WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER

The IAWM supports the protest called by the Irish Syria Solidarity Movement today (Friday) 07 April, assembling at 6pm at Christchurch in Rathgar and marching to the Russian Embassy in Orwell Rd, Rathgar.

It is vital that we show solidarity with the victims of this brutal attack on Khan Sheikhun in Idlib province, apparently carried out by the Syrian regime, which appears to have involved chemical weapons, and has now killed 80 civilians. It is also vital that we show solidarity with all the victims of this proxy war.

Assad’s and Putin’s forces along with others have bombed and killed Syrian civilians and caused havoc for the people of Syria.

The IAWM also condemns the overnight attack on a Syrian airbase ordered by Donald Trump. This escalates the Syrian proxy war further and will undoubtedly lead to further civilian deaths and only prolong suffering for the people of Syria. The IAWM believes that there is no military solution to this conflict and that a political solution must be found.

The overnight US airstrike is a cynical attempt by Trump to reassert US influence in Syria and to deflect from the civilian deaths that he has caused in Iraq, Yemen and even in Syria.

The NGO Airwars, which monitors civilian casualties from airstrikes in the Middle East, has claimed that "almost 1,000 non-combatant deaths have already been alleged from coalition actions across Iraq and Syria in March -- a record claim".

During the last part of March alone:

-- US aircraft bombed homes, a school and a hospital in Tabqah, Syria, killing 20 civilians.

-- A US-led coalition airstrike on a school that was housing 50 families displaced by the fighting near Raqqa, Syria, killed at least 33 civilians.

-- A US airstrike in Mosul, Iraq, killed more than 200 people, causing the largest loss of civilian life since the United States began bombing ISIS in Syria and Iraq in 2014.

The Assad regime is not the only one using chemical weapons. The US Central Command has confirmed that it has used depleted uranium against ISS in Iraq. We know this banned substance was previously used in the US attack on Fallujah. In addition the coalition force’s use of white phosphorous has been noted in Mosul.

(See Donald Trump’s War Crimes by Prof Emiterus Marjorie Cohen at http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/40103-donald-trump-s-war-crimes)

Jim Roche, PRO of the IAWM noted:
“While we support the Irish Syria Solidarity Movement’s protest this evening to express our outrage at the horrific attack in Khan Sheikhun on Tuesday we would highlight and condemn the continued bombing by the US and other coalition forces of civilians in the wider middle east. In his short stint as US President, Trump already has a huge legacy of civilian deaths in the region. This latest airstrike, albeit directed at a Syrian military target, will only further escalate the Syrian war and must be condemned. Further military intervention by the US and other western powers in the Syrian proxy war on the alleged pretext of concerns for the victims of the horrific chemical attack in Khan Sheikhun should be seen for what they are – cynical attempts by the US and western powers to get the upper hand on Russia in what has long become a powerplay of imperial war games with the Syrian people trapped in the middle. This proxy war must stop now!”

Contact:
Jim Roche, PRO, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 087 647 2737
John Molyneux, Secretary, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 085 735 6424
Michael Youlton, Chair, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 086 815 9487
Edward Horgan, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 085 851 9623
Glenda Cimino, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 086 124 9456
Memet Uludag, Steering Committee IAWM, Tel. 087 7919307

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