MESOP NEWS SUMMARY SYRIA & THE BUTCHER OF HAMA – Syria’s deadliest chemical attack in years.

Dozens of people were killed, including women and children. Witnesses described traumatic scenes. Graphic photographs and videos posted online showed people struggling to breathe.
The U.S. and European powers have blamed President Bashar al-Assad’s government, which denied responsibility, and are expected to seek condemnation from the U.N. Security Council.
A White House spokesman dismissed regime change as impractical.
• A Spanish judge ordered the seizure of properties controlled by Rifaat al-Assad, an uncle of the Syrian president.
The order came out of a money laundering investigation, carried out jointly by France and Spain, that has traced his wealth to Syrian state coffers.