Syrian Government Suspected in Chemical Attack That Killed at Least 50 Civilians

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A Syrian man receives treatment at a small hospital in the town of Maaret al-Noman following a suspected toxic gas attack in Khan Sheikhun, a nearby rebel-held town in Syrias northwestern Idlib province, on April 4, 2017. (Mohamed Al-Bakour/AFP/Getty Images)

The United States and its allies are blaming the Syrian government for a gas attack in the rebel-held province of Idlib on Tuesday that killed at least 58 people. This was the third suspected chemical attack in Syria in less than two weeks. The Syrian army has denied involvement, as has Russia, which is allied with Syria in its fight against anti-government insurgents. We discuss the attack, the international response, and prospects for curbing chemical weapons use in Syria.


Joshua Landis, professor and director, Center for the Middle East Studies, University of Oklahoma

Anne Barnard, Beirut bureau chief, New York Times