M'sian Syrian Humanitarian coalition condemns Syrian chemical attack

Esther Landau

KUALA LUMPUR: The coalition of Syrian Humanitarian (GNKS), a non-governmental organisation, has today signed a memorandum to condemn the Syrian chemical attack at Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib, Syria.

The memorandum was signed by nine NGOs including Humanitarian Care Malaysia (MyCare), Malaysia Humanitarian Aid and Relief (MAHAR), Syria Care, Malaysia Life Line for Syria (MLLFS), Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (ABIM), Islamic Medical Association of Malaysia (IMAM), Muslim Care Malaysia, Yayasan Restu and Pertubuhan Sinar Damsyik (Persidam).

GNKS chairman Prof Dr Hafidzi Mohd Noor said in condemning the horrific attack, the signed memorandum will be sent to the Syrian embassy here.

“We believe this is based on political agenda and it is an inhumane act.

“This was not the first time the Al-Assad regime launched chemical weapons in such attacks.

“While they are pretending to seek solution, they keep bombing their own people while conducting ethnic cleansing of the Sunni people. This immoral act must stop,” said Hafidzi during a press conference here.

He also said GNKS called for all parties to stand together on this issue and pledged to continue with their humanitarian programmes, missions and aids for the victims in Syria.

Meanwhile, MLLFS, together with other NGO bodies, will participate in a humanitarian aid convoy called the ‘Unity Convoy Ambulances for Syria’.

Its chief executive officer Syahrir Azfar Saleh said the convoy will be deploying 10 ambulances from the United Kingdom to Syria, in a mission to assist the people with medical assistance.

“We will start the programme on April 24. It would take about two weeks to get the vehicles to Syria.

“This convoy is to highlight the collective efforts to address the humanitarian tragedy in Syria,” he said.

Based on a recent report by AFP, the death toll from Tuesday’s attack has risen to 72, 20 of them children.