April 4, 2017 / 4:42 PM / 7 months ago

U.N. says chemical weapons use 'extremely alarming and disturbing'

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Any use of chemical weapons is “extremely alarming and disturbing,” a United Nations spokesman said on Tuesday after a suspected toxic gas attack in Syria killed dozens of people, including 11 children, in the northwestern province of Idlib.

A civil defence member breathes through an oxygen mask, after what rescue workers described as a suspected gas attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in rebel-held Idlib, Syria April 4, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah

“Any sort of report of use of chemical weapons, especially on civilians is extremely alarming and disturbing. Any use of chemical weapons anywhere constitutes a threat to peace and security and is a serious violation of international law,” U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters.

Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Chris Reese

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