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After Syria attack, Tillerson vows to defend innocents

  • U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, right, and Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano, left, speak to the media after laying a wreath at a memorial in Santa' Anna di Stazzema, a site of Nazi atrocities where 560 civilians, including some 130 children, were killed during World War II, Monday, April 10, 2017. Tillerson said Monday that the United States is rededicating itself to hold to account "any and all" who commit crimes against innocent people. Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven industrialized nations are gathering in Lucca for a meeting given urgency by the chemical attack in Syria and the U.S. military response, with participants aiming to pressure Russia to end its support for President Bashar Assad. (Riccardo Dalle Luche/ANSA via AP)

    U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, right, and Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano, left, speak to the media after laying a wreath at a memorial in Santa' Anna di Stazzema, a site of Nazi atrocities where 560 civilians, including some 130 children, were killed during World War II, Monday, April 10, 2017. Tillerson said Monday that the United States is rededicating itself to hold to account "any and all" who commit crimes against innocent people. Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven industrialized nations are gathering in Lucca for a meeting given urgency by the chemical attack in Syria and the U.S. military response, with participants aiming to pressure Russia to end its support for President Bashar Assad. (Riccardo Dalle Luche/ANSA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, center, flanked by European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini, follow Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano during a ceremony at the Sant'Anna di Stazzema memorial, dedicated to the victims of a 1944 Nazi massacre, in Sant'Anna di Stazzema, near Lucca, Italy, Monday, April 10, 2017.  Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven industrialized nations were gathering in Italy Monday for a meeting given urgency by the chemical attack in Syria and the U.S. military response, with participants aiming to pressure Russia to end its support for President Bashar Assad and help mount a new push for peace.  (Riccardo Dalle Luche/ANSA via AP)

    United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, center, flanked by European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini, follow Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano during a ceremony at the Sant'Anna di Stazzema memorial, dedicated to the victims of a 1944 Nazi massacre, in Sant'Anna di Stazzema, near Lucca, Italy, Monday, April 10, 2017. Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven industrialized nations were gathering in Italy Monday for a meeting given urgency by the chemical attack in Syria and the U.S. military response, with participants aiming to pressure Russia to end its support for President Bashar Assad and help mount a new push for peace. (Riccardo Dalle Luche/ANSA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, and Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano, left, stand after laying a wreath at a memorial in Santa' Anna di Stazzema, a site of Nazi atrocities where 560 civilians, including some 130 children, were killed during World War II, Monday, April 10, 2017. Tillerson said Monday that the United States is rededicating itself to hold to account "any and all" who commit crimes against innocent people. Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven industrialized nations are gathering in Lucca for a meeting given urgency by the chemical attack in Syria and the U.S. military response, with participants aiming to pressure Russia to end its support for President Bashar Assad. (Riccardo Dalle Luche/ANSA via AP)

    U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, and Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano, left, stand after laying a wreath at a memorial in Santa' Anna di Stazzema, a site of Nazi atrocities where 560 civilians, including some 130 children, were killed during World War II, Monday, April 10, 2017. Tillerson said Monday that the United States is rededicating itself to hold to account "any and all" who commit crimes against innocent people. Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven industrialized nations are gathering in Lucca for a meeting given urgency by the chemical attack in Syria and the U.S. military response, with participants aiming to pressure Russia to end its support for President Bashar Assad. (Riccardo Dalle Luche/ANSA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the United States is rededicating itself to hold to account "any and all" who commit crimes against innocent people.

Tillerson is alluding to the recent chemical attack in Syria during a visit to a site of Nazi atrocities in Italy during World War II. Tillerson says Sant'Anna di Stazzema "will serve as an inspiration to us all." The Nazis killed more than 500 civilians in the village in 1944.

Tillerson is in Italy for a Group of 7 meeting that has been overshadowed by U.S. airstrikes in Syria. The Trump administration launched the strikes to punish Syrian President Bashar Assad for a chemical weapons attack last week.

Tillerson plans to meet Monday with foreign ministers from the U.K. and France.