July 5, 2013

Washington,DC–The Coalition for a Democratic Syria (CDS) condemns in the strongest possible terms the use of chemical weapons against opposition areas in the Khalidiya district of Homs and calls upon the international community to act to prevent further use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Opposition activists in Homs reported that sarin gas may have been used again, and posted several videos of people affected by the attack, indicating sarin or even more dangerous chemical attacks.

Last month, the White House officially confirmed that there was credible evidence that the Assad regime has used chemical weapons on several occasions over the past year. Such action, including today's attacks, must constitute a red line, as President Obama had said repeatedly, and it requires swift and decisive action by the US and the international community.

"The Assad regime is both bold enough and desperate enough to continue using chemical weapons against the opposition, even with strong international warnings. The international community must go further now and actively prevent the use of chemical weapons, and provide the Syrian people with the means necessary to treat and protect themselves from chemical and other attacks by the Assad regime,” said CDS board member Dr. Yahia Basha.

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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