Air strike hits Syria following devastating earthquake

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Reports coming in say that the Syrian government has bombed an opposition-held area of the country following the devastating earthquake.

The MP Alicia Kearns who is the chairwoman of the Foreign Affairs Committee has condemned President Bashar al-Assad for launching an attack on the opposition in Syria’s northwest where they experienced an earthquake.

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The bombed area is said to be 70 miles away from where the 7.8-magnitude earthquake occurred on Monday. About 9500 people have been confirmed dead across Turkey and Syria. The number is said to rise after the bomb attack.

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‘Yesterday he [Assad] bombed Marea, which was an area affected by the earthquake, in what was a truly callous and heinous attack and opportunism for him to try to attack and destroy the moderate opposition,’ Ms. Kearns told British MPs on Tuesday.

Responding to the MP’s statement, UK Foreign Secretary slammed the Assad regime for the ‘completely unacceptable bombing’.

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‘Sadly it speaks to a long-standing pattern of behavior by the Assad regime, a regime that we condemn has sanctioned, and will continue to bring about sanctions — working with our international friends and partners — to try to prevent behavior like this from occurring again,’ he said.

Kearns was ‘absolutely right to highlight the completely unacceptable bombing of areas in the immediate aftermath of this natural disaster,’ he added.



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