The world was shocked last week after a heartbreaking picture emerged of a Syrian father cradling his tiny, lifeless nine-month old twins following a chemical attack.
The chemical attack killed 85 people, including 30 children, and was universally condemned by world powers. However, it was Trump who had the strongest response by ordering a major missile strike on military targets in Syria.
Video emerged of the moment a U.S. warship fired 59 Tomahawk missiles at Syria, in a move that Putin described as “an act of aggression against a sovereign state.” However, Abdul Hamid Youssef – who lost his wife, nine-month old twins, and almost two dozen other family members, has backed Trump’s airstrike.
“I’d like to thank President Trump and the U.S. administration on the initial steps they took against the airport that killed my children and all the martyrs,” Abdel Hameed Youssef told ABC News.
“The American attack against the [Assad military base] airport is a good step, but not enough, because the regime has many airports which help it to continue killing its people and destroying liberated cities.”
Abdel’s only criticism was that he wanted further strikes. “I didn’t expect the strikes to stop. I was surprised. Why did President Trump stop the strikes? Why one airport, one base?”
Youssef woke up in the hospital following the nerve-attack on April 4th, unaware that his wife and twin babies were dead. The grieving father pleaded with the international committee to intervene in violence that has left more than 320,000 people dead.
After Khan Sheikhoun [the town that was hit in the chemical attack], I wish that the international community, the UN and all the countries in the world would put an end to the suffering that the Syrian people have endured on a daily basis – the bombings, the detention, violence, the destruction and the warplanes, as soon as possible. Enough with them.
Youssef also travelled across the border into neighbouring Turkey where he met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
He promised us that there would be conversations on a security level and with President Trump to make steps against Assad to stop the killing and violence in Syria, Youssef told ABC News.
The Assad regime has denied using chemical weapons against the Syrian people. President Bashar al-Assad called the U.S. Tomahawk strikes as an “unjust and arrogant aggression” and part of their attempt to “dominate the world”.