Washington, – A recent attack on Syrian civilians was “reprehensible,” said the US administration, as it blamed the Obama administration for failing to act more forcefully to prevent such attacks by the Syrian government.

“Today’s chemical attack in Syria against innocent people, including women and children, is reprehensible and cannot be ignored by the civilized world,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer said.

“These heinous actions by the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad regime are a consequence of the previous administration’s weakness and irresolution,” he said, pointing to Obama’s decision to draw a “red line” on chemical weapons but then doing “nothing.” Spicer did not provide details about action the US will take in Syria moving forward.

A series of airstrikes killed at least 58 people – among them 11 children – in what appears to be a chemical attack on rebel-held areas in north-western Syria on Tuesday, a monitoring group reported.

Airstrikes early Tuesday on Khan Sheikhoun area in Idlib province, used a toxic gas that left many people choking and vomiting, and some with foam coming out of their mouths, Rami Abdel Rahman of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told dpa.(QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency