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Lipinski Responds to Accounts of New Attacks by the Assad Regime on Ghouta

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) released the following statement today:

“This week has brought news that once again the lawless Assad regime has redoubled its assault on civilians and humanitarian targets, such as hospitals in Syria.  Even worse, Assad’s attacks continue with the active backing and support of the Russian government, multiplying their harm. 

“The Syrian government and Russia began new bombardments of the Ghouta suburbs of Damascus on Monday, despite past promises that Ghouta would be a so-called ‘de-escalation zone,’ which would not be targeted for additional attacks.  Reports from the region indicate at least 200 civilian deaths and hundreds wounded, many of them women and children.  At least 10 hospitals have been disabled in the bombings.

“The United States should not leave these actions unanswered.  Last spring, the House passed the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act, which I cosponsored.  That bill would impose new sanctions on Syrian human rights abusers and facilitators of the Syrian government’s atrocities.  It would also authorize the Department of State to provide support to entities that are collecting and preserving evidence that could be used to formally prosecute people who committed war crimes or crimes against humanity in Syria.

“It is far past time for the Senate to take up this legislation so we can put it on the President’s desk for his signature.  The Syrian government’s heinous war crimes have destroyed the lives of innocent people, undermined America’s security interests, and caused massive displacement of refugees.  We cannot reverse these horrific losses, but we can and must take action now so that we can try to prevent further atrocities by Assad’s regime.”