Oxfam Calls on World Leaders to Prioritize Peace in Syria, Adhere to Int'l Law

© REUTERS / ECPAD/French MilitaryFrench Rafale fighter jets prepare to take off late April 13, 2018 from the Saint-Dizier military base in eastern France, in this picture released April 14, 2018 by the French Military
French Rafale fighter jets prepare to take off late April 13, 2018 from the Saint-Dizier military base in eastern France, in this picture released April 14, 2018 by the French Military - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The world leaders should prioritize peace in Syria, all parties to the Syrian conflict should adhere to the norms of the international law, Moutaz Adham, the country director for Oxfam charity in Syria, said on Saturday in a statement obtained by Sputnik.

"While further chemical attacks should be strongly and effectively deterred, the air strikes could escalate the crisis putting civilians, who have already suffered so much, at even greater risk. World leaders must work together to prioritise peace talks over military solutions," Adham said.

The head of Oxfam Syria warned that military campaign could endanger the prospects for internationally backed peace talks and destabilize the region.

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"All parties to the conflict and their international supporters must strictly adhere to international humanitarian law, and members of the international community including the UN Security Council should meet their obligations to ensure this happens," Adham said.

People walk on rubble of damaged buildings in the besieged town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, in Damascus, Syria - Sputnik International
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Earlier in the day, the United Kingdom, the United States and France launched airstrikes at Syria over reports of a chemical attack in the city of Douma.

Damascus has rejected the allegations of its involvement in the Douma incident and invited the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to investigate the reported attack.

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