More than 80,000 people have been killed in the past several years since the uprising and civil war began, according to the United Nations.
Idriss said the international community needs to stick by its promise, particularly the United States, not to allow Assad to use chemical weapons against the Syrian people. “They are still using chemical weapons and materials,” Idriss said, alleging Sarin gas was used as recently as Monday against rebel forces and citizens.
U.S. officials could not immediately confirm Idriss‘ new allegation, although they have said they have some evidence of prior chemical weapon usage in the civil war. Reports from French Intelligence and the U.N. suggest that Sarin gas has been used in Syria on at least three occasions, though there is some debate about who actually deployed the chemicals. Assad’s regime has repeatedly denied using chemical weapons.
Obama warned earlier this year that the use of chemical weapons would cross a “red line” that could lead to military options for the U.S. and European forces.