Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria

WARNING EXTREMELY GRAPHIC FOOTAGE: Reports of alleged use of chemical weapons on civilans has emerged from Syria along with numerous videos allegedly showing the victims of the attack. None of this has been verified by US officials. Here is the original description from the video source: "Syrian 'Poison Gas' Attack By Government Forces Claimed By Opposition. The images showed lifeless children -- wrapped in simple white cloths, their pale faces unmarked by any wound -- lined up shoulder to shoulder in a vivid demonstration of an attack Wednesday in which activists say the Syrian regime killed at least 130 people with toxic gas. The Syrian government adamantly denied using chemical weapons in an artillery barrage targeting suburbs east of Damascus, calling the allegations "absolutely baseless." The U.S., Britain and France demanded that a team of U.N. experts already in the country be granted immediate access to investigate the claims. Videos and photographs showed row upon row of bodies wrapped in white shrouds lying on a tile floor, including more than a dozen children. There was little evidence of blood or conventional injuries and most appeared to have suffocated. Survivors of the purported attack, some twitching uncontrollably, lay on gurneys with oxygen masks covering their faces. Activists and the opposition leadership gave widely varying death tolls, ranging from as low as 136 to as high as 1,300. But even the most conservative tally would make it the deadliest alleged chemical attack in Syria's civil war."

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