Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Chemical Attack In Syria -- News Roundup

Syria's Darkest Hour: Hundreds Of Children's Bodies Piled High After Nerve Gas Attack Near Damascus Leaves Up To 1,300 Dead -- Daily Mail

* Activists claim 1,300 killed in government rocket strike on residential area
* If true, it would represent the worst known use of chemical weapons since Saddam Hussein gassed thousands of Kurds in the town of Halabja in 1988
* Chemical warheads hit suburbs of Ain Tarma, Zamalka and Jobar
* They hit just before dawn as families lay sleeping
* A UN team is in Syria to probe chemical weapons use by President Assad
* Many countries have called for an immediate investigation
* French Foreign Minister has called the attack an 'unprecedented atrocity'
* William Hague said hopes attack will 'wake up some' who support Assad
* Claims come as refugees flood into Iraqi Kurdistan

The world has looked on in horror as graphic images emerged showing the aftermath of a dawn poison gas attack in the suburbs of Damascus that wiped out 1,300 people as they lay sleeping in their beds.

Syrian activists accuse President Bashar al-Assad's forces of launching the nerve gas attack in what would be by far the worst reported use of poison gas in the two-year-old civil war.

Activists said rockets with chemical agents hit the Damascus suburbs of Ain Tarma, Zamalka and Jobar before dawn.

While these pictures of dead children are graphic, disturbing and undoubtedly the worst so far to have emerged from the conflict, MailOnline has made the decision to publish them in order to raise awareness of the plight of innocent people in a war that shows no sign of ending.

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More News On Reports Of A Massive Chemical Attack In Syria

Video Shows Victims of Suspected Syrian Chemical Attack -- The Lede/New York Times
Scores Killed in Syria, With Signs of Chemical War -- New York Times
Syria Crisis -- Reuters
Massacre claim as 1300 Syrians choke to death on toxic gases -- The Australian/AP
Syrian Opposition Says Assad Forces Used 'Poison Gas' -- Voice of America
Syria attack that killed hundreds would be worst use of nerve gas since Saddam Hussein -- National Post/The Telegraph
Syria conflict: 'Hundreds die in Syria toxic attacks' -- BBC
Syria: Shocking images show aftermath of chemical weapons attack that killed hundreds, opposition says -- Toronto Star
Syrian opposition alleges another chemical weapon attack by Assad -- Christian Science Monitor
Hundreds die in suspected gas attack as Syria launches offensive -- Irish Times
Syrian forces bombard Damascus suburbs after rebels say gas attack kills hundreds -- Reuters
Opposition says 1,300 killed || UN stops short of demanding probe into alleged Syria chemical attack -- Haaretz/Reuters
UN seeks clarity on Syria gas attack claim -- Al Jazeera
UN: Alleged Syria toxic attacks 'serious escalation' -- BBC
U.S. has 'strong indications' Assad used nerve gas -- UPI
Iran says Syrian government not behind possible chemical attack -- Reuters
Russia, China prevent UN call for probe into chemical attack -- YNet News
Turkish foreign min says clear that chemical weapons used in Syria -- Reuters
In pictures: Damascus 'chemical weapon attacks' -- BBC

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