Members of the United Nations Security Council had an “emotional” meeting Thursday as they had watched a video of doctors trying to resuscitate three children after a chlorine gas attack March 16, in Syria.
The video showed the failed attempts of doctors trying to resuscitate the three children killed by the chlorine gas attack in Samin village in northwest Idlib province. The parents and grandmother of the children were also killed in that attack, said Dr. Mohamed Tennari, director of the field hospital.
After watching the video, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power said it was an “extremely unusual and very emotional meeting,” she stated that “if there was a dry eye in the room I didn’t see it.”
Power also said, “Those people responsible for these attacks have to be held accountable.”
“If we don’t act on this then others will believe that they can do this sort of thing with impunity and that would be a deplorable outcome,” said New Zealand’s U.N. Ambassador Jim Mclay.
The 15 member council had condemned the use of chlorine gas as a weapon in Syria March 6 and threatened to take action if it was used again. Ten days after this warning there was an attack in the village.
The Syrian government has constantly been blamed by the United States along with Britain and France for attacking civilians with chlorine gas.
Evidence from investigations have showed that the deadly gas comes from helicopters and Bashar Assad’s regime is the only one who has helicopters in the region.
However, the government and opposition forces in Syria have denied these claims made with the evidence of “barrel bombs” which are dropped from helicopters, provided by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
This is not the first time there has been deaths in Syria due to the usage of chemical weapons. The deadliest attack was in the two suburbs of Damascus August 21, 2013, estimated to have killed between 200-1,400 people, mainly children recorded.
The conflict in Syria started in March 2011 after Assad launched a violent crackdown on the anti-governmental protests.
The conflict instantly turned into a civil war killing more than 210,000 people and leaving 3.8 million Syrian refugees registered in neighboring countries Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq, according to the U.N.