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Pope denounces use of chemical weapons after deadly attack in Syria

Pope Francis condemned the use of chemical weapons after a deadly attack killed dozens of innocent men, women and children in Syria.

“There is no good and bad war, and nothing, nothing can justify the use of such instruments of extermination against defenseless people and populations,” the pope said on 8th April before concluding Divine Mercy Sunday Mass in St Peter’s Square.

A suspected chemical-weapon attack occurred late on 7th April when Syrian army warplanes allegedly flew over and bombed the eastern town of Douma, located 15 miles north of the Syrian capital, Damascus, according to the Reuters news agency.

The Syrian American Medical Society Foundation reported 42 victims were killed in the attack while hundreds of people, “the majority of whom are women and children, were brought to local medical centres with symptoms indicative of exposure to a chemical agent.”

Despite witness accounts, the Syrian government denied involvement in the attack.