U.K. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond condemned President Bashar al-Assad’s “contempt” for efforts to halt hostilities and called on those with influence on the Syrian leader to bring him to heel.
Hammond, in a statement released Thursday, said that reports of an air strike on a Syrian refugee camp were “horrifying,” and showed that “the Assad regime’s contempt for efforts to restore the cessation of hostilities in Syria is clear for all to see.”
“This attack took place against the backdrop of a concert in Palmyra, a tasteless attempt to distract attention from the continued suffering of millions of Syrians,” he said. “It shows that there are no depths to which the regime will not sink. It is time for those with influence over Asad to say enough is enough.”