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IAWM PRESS RELEASE 07 APRIL 2017

• SUPPORT IRISH SYRIA SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT PROTEST AT RUSSIAN EMBASSY TODAY

• IAWM CONDEMNS OVERNIGHT AIRSTRIKE BY TRUMP ON SYRIA

• AN ESCALATION OF THE WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER

The IAWM supports the protest called by the Irish Syria Solidarity Movement today (Friday) 07 April, assembling at 6pm at Christchurch in Rathgar and marching to the Russian Embassy in Orwell Rd, Rathgar.

It is vital that we show solidarity with the victims of this brutal attack on Khan Sheikhun in Idlib province, apparently carried out by the Syrian regime, which appears to have involved chemical weapons, and has now killed 80 civilians. It is also vital that we show solidarity with all the victims of this proxy war.

Assad’s and Putin’s forces along with others have bombed and killed Syrian civilians and caused havoc for the people of Syria.

The IAWM also condemns the overnight attack on a Syrian airbase ordered by Donald Trump. This escalates the Syrian proxy war further and will undoubtedly lead to further civilian deaths and only prolong suffering for the people of Syria. The IAWM believes that there is no military solution to this conflict and that a political solution must be found.

The overnight US airstrike is a cynical attempt by Trump to reassert US influence in Syria and to deflect from the civilian deaths that he has caused in Iraq, Yemen and even in Syria.

The NGO Airwars, which monitors civilian casualties from airstrikes in the Middle East, has claimed that "almost 1,000 non-combatant deaths have already been alleged from coalition actions across Iraq and Syria in March -- a record claim".

During the last part of March alone:

-- US aircraft bombed homes, a school and a hospital in Tabqah, Syria, killing 20 civilians.

-- A US-led coalition airstrike on a school that was housing 50 families displaced by the fighting near Raqqa, Syria, killed at least 33 civilians.

IAWM CONDEMNS LATEST ATROCITY IN SYRIA AND THE HYPOCRISY OF WESTERN AND RUSSIAN POWERS

IAWM PRESS RELEASE 05 APRIL 2017

IAWM CONDEMNS LATEST ATROCITY IN SYRIA AND THE HYPOCRISY OF WESTERN AND RUSSIAN POWERS

The aerial attack on Khan Sheikhun in Idlib province, apparently carried out by the Syrian regime, which appears to have involved chemical weapons, is another terrible outrage in the war which has devastated Syria since 2011. More than 72 people are now reported dead, 20 of these children, and over 200 horribly wounded.

Like with so much reportage from Syria it is difficult to untangle the truth of who is responsible for the carnage. This latest atrocity, whether it is a direct chemical attack by the Syrian regime or a conventional attack on a rebel weapons compound holding chemicals as the Russian Government is claiming, only exposes the games of the outside forces involved in Syria's proxy war.

While condemning this attack the IAWM contends that any further military intervention by outside forces can only prolong the horror of this war for the Syrian people and most be resisted by anti-war and peace activists. This appalling attack therefore must not be used as a justification for yet further Western escalation especially following Donald Trump administration's recent announcement of the deployment of 1,000 ground troops in the country.

This latest atrocity only adds to the litany of recent carnage in the region.

Not so avidly reported by the Western media however is the Western backed assault on Mosul across the border in Iraq which is also causing a huge number of casualties. It is estimated that the US-led coalition bombing raids have killed around 1,500 civilians in March alone and hundreds of thousands have been displaced. On 28 March one US strike alone caused the deaths of 112 civilians in Mosul, according to a CNN report.

The IAWM condemns all these attacks and calls for the withdrawal of all foreign militaries from the middle east and for peace negotiations to ensue.

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