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This photo provided on Tuesday April 4, 2017, by the Syrian anti-government activist group Edlib Media Center, that is consistent with independent AP reporting, shows a man carrying a child following a suspected chemical attack, at a makeshift hospital in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, northern Idlib province, Syria. The suspected chemical attack killed dozens of people on Tuesday, Syrian opposition activists said, describing the attack as among the worst in the country's six-year civil war. (Edlib Media Center, via AP)

Trump blamed the Syria gas attack on the Obama administration's 'weakness'


UPDATE 3:44 p.m. EST: President Trump issued a statement blaming Obama for the attack.

Meanwhile, Rex Tillerson said Russia and Iran bear responsibility.

President Obama said in 2012 he would establish a red line against the use of chemical weapons and then did nothing.
Sean Spicer

UPDATE 2:26 p.m. EST:

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Tuesday the Syria chemical attack was "reprehensible" and a "consequence of the past administration's weakness and irresolution." 

UPDATE 12:01 p.m. EST:  The U.N. Security Council will meet to discuss the attack.

UPDATE 9:40 a.m. EST: A Syrian official called reports of a gas attack a "false accusation."

ORIGINAL STORY: A chemical weapon attack in Syria has reportedly killed dozens of people and injured more than 200 more, activist groups report.

Airstrikes hit Khan Sheikhoun in northern Syria at around 6:30 a.m. local time Tuesday, asphyxiating people who were exposed to it. Reports of the death toll vary. Anas al-Diab of the Aleppo Media Center reported at least 67 deaths, including 10 children. The Syria White Helmets suggested 50 were killed and 300 injured.

Doctors are attempting to evacuate the wounded to Turkey.

Trump blamed the Syria gas attack on the Obama administration's 'weakness'

WATCH | Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) called on the U.S. to respond to the attack.

"Didn't we learn a lesson when Barack Obama refused to do anything?" McCain asked.

WARNING: GRAPHIC | Photos released by Syrian medical activists show doctors trying to treat Syrians affected by the gas.  

A hospital was also bombarded by airstrikes, Al-Jazeera reports.

It is not yet clear if the planes involved were Syrian. Bashar al-Assad has been known to use chemical weapons on Syrian citizens. The Idlib province that includes Khan Sheikhoun is largely controlled by Syrian rebel forces. 

Here's another look at the scene of the attacks. ( WARNING | GRAPHIC)

World leaders, including Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, condemned the attack.

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