US says Al-Assad’s regime responsible for chemical attack on Syria’s Idlib city

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer shows a check from U.S. President Donald Trump’s salary which will be donated to the National Park Service during a daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 3, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

The White House says it is “confident” Bashar al-Assad’s government was behind an apparent chemical attack that killed at least 58 people in north-west Syria, the BBC reported.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that strikes on Khan Sheikhoun by Syrian government or Russian jets had caused many people to choke, it added.

Later, aircraft fired rockets at local clinics treating survivors, medics and activists said, the BBC indicated.

Syria’s army denied the government had used any such weapons.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer condemned what he called “these heinous actions by the Bashar al-Assad regime”, and said it was in the best interests of the Syrian people for President Assad to leave, according to the BBC.

He was joined in his condemnation by the UK, United Nations and France, among others.

If confirmed, it would be one of the deadliest chemical attacks in Syria’s civil war, the BBC concluded.

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