August 21, 2013

Washington, DC -- The Coalition for a Democratic Syria (CDS) condemns in the strongest possible terms the Assad regime's brutal coordinated chemical attacks in several of Damascus' suburbs, including Zamalka, Ein Tarma, Douma, and Muadameyeh, reportedly killing more than 550 people according to the Local Coordination Committees of Syria. Videos uploaded by activists show most of the victims are children.

CDS calls upon the Obama administration to act swiftly and decisively against the regime's use of chemical weapons, which constitutes a red line as described by President Obama repeatedly. Additionally, CDS urges the Obama administration to call upon the UN team, which recently arrived in Syria to investigate a chemical attack that occurred in Khan Al-Assal six months ago, to head to the targeted areas immediately to investigate the heinous crimes, and to issue a condemnation of the horrible massacre against children at the hands of the regime.

"Assad's regime has committed yet another horrible crime, making a mockery of all laws and lines," said Dr. Yahya Basha, Chairman of CDS. "The Obama administration and the UN should immediately investigate the chemical attacks and actively prevent the Assad regime from using chemical weapons against the Syrian people. The timing of the attacks is a very clear message to the Obama administration and the international community."

The Coalition for a Democratic Syria is a group of Syrian-American non-profit organizations working together to bring about a swift end to the conflict and support the establishment of peace, freedom, and democracy in Syria. The CDS is a multi-ethnic, multi-confessional, non-partisan organization. The CDS includes: Syrian Emergency Task Force, United for Free Syria, Syrian American Council, Syrian American Alliance, Syrian Expatriates Organization, Syrian Christians for Democracy, and Association of Free Syrians.

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