Eye on the world: Praying for Syria

In “‘Heinous’ chemical attack kills dozens in Syria, US blames Assad, as aid workers scramble to helpThe Christian Science Monitor reports on “a chemical weapons attack in an opposition-held town in northern Syria [that] killed dozens of people on Tuesday.” The Syrian government and the rebel forces blame each other for “Tuesday’s attack, [which] is being described as the worst chemical attack since a 2013 chemical assault left hundreds dead.” This is the latest humanitarian atrocity to grasp the world’s attention. The Monitor’s Editorial Board writes,“with the Syrian conflict entering its seventh year, United Nations officials are asking if the country has become a war zone empty of international norms. Chemical weapons are used in violation of international law. Aid is denied to millions of displaced civilians. Torture and other human-rights atrocities are commonplace. The death toll is now more than 400,000. And negotiations to end the war have so far been useless…. Yet amid a conflict that appears free of moral conventions, humanitarian law does have a strong foothold [concerning refugees].”

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