SENATOR THE HON PENNY WONG

LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE

SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

LABOR SENATOR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA

MEDIA RELEASE

9 April 2018

SYRIAN GAS ATTACK

Labor joins with the Australian Government in condemning outright the suspected chemical weapons attack in Eastern Ghouta which is reported to have killed 70 people.

Labor stands with the international community in calling for an urgent investigation into these reports.

Chemical weapons are forbidden by the UN and those responsible for this barbaric and criminal act should be held to account.

We know the Assad regime has been guilty of similar attacks in recent years and its ongoing brutality towards its own people confirms it should have no place in a future, stable post-war Syria.

Last month marked the 7th anniversary of the start of the Syrian civil war, a tragic conflict which has now claimed the lives of half a million people.

The ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria has forced over half of Syria’s pre-conflict population to flee their homes, and left at least 13.5 million Syrians in need of humanitarian assistance.

Labor urges all parties involved in the continuing conflict in Syria, including Russia and Iran, to apply maximum pressure on the Syrian regime to bring an end to production and use of chemical weapons.

Labor condemns outright the use of chemical weapons under all circumstances.

Authorised by Noah Carroll ALP Canberra.