Pope Francis strongly condemned a shocking chemical attack in Syria that left some 70 people, including at least 10 children, dead.
“We are horrified by the latest events in Syria. I strongly deplore the unacceptable massacre that took place yesterday in the Idlib province, where dozens of civilians, including many children, were killed,” the pope said on 5th April before concluding his weekly general audience in St Peter’s Square.
Images of dead men, women and children lying on the streets provoked international outrage following the attack on 4th April in a rebel-held area.
Western leaders have accused Syrian President Bashar Assad and the country’s military of perpetrating the attack, based on reports that warplanes dropped chemical bombs in the early morning.
According to The New York Times, the Syrian military denied attacking the town and said the attack was caused by insurgents who blame the Syrian government for similar attacks ‘every time they fail to achieve the goals of their sponsors’.
Picture: Pope Francis speaks during his general audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican on 5th April. The pope strongly condemned a chemical attack in Syria the previous day that left 70 people dead. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).