Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, announced the Committee will convene a hearing on Wednesday, June 17 to examine the use of chemical weapons in Syria by the Assad regime.  The hearing, entitled “Assad’s Abhorrent Chemical Weapons Attacks,” will begin at 10:00 a.m.

Chairman Royce on the hearing:  "The Assad regime continues its chemical weapon strikes, despite Obama Administration claims to have destroyed its illegal stockpile. Assad denies having any chemical weapons, while his forces brazenly gas men, women, and children.  This hearing will highlight these horrific attacks and what can be done to protect vulnerable Syrian civilians. The Committee will hear chilling accounts, including from brave responders working to save the lives of those targeted by the Assad regime."

Hearing:  Assad’s Abhorrent Chemical Weapons Attacks

10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 17

2172 Rayburn House Office Building

The Honorable Robert Ford
Senior Fellow
The Middle East Institute

Mohamed Tennari, M.D.
Idlib Coordinator
Syrian-American Medical Society

Mr. Farouq Habib
Syria Program Manager
Mayday Rescue

Annie Sparrow, M.B.B.S.
Deputy Director Human Rights Program
Assistant Professor of Global Health
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

***See foreignaffairs.house.gov for updates.

***Coverage note:  The hearing will be webcast live at foreignaffairs.house.gov/live-video-feed.