Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad has been accused of war crimes after a footage was published showing how a Syrian hospital was being bombed as TRAUMATISED witnesses described how birds fell from the sky during a chemical attack which left at least 100 dead including 11 children who foamed at their mouths as they were killed by the gas attacks on Wednesday morning in the north eastern Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun.
With photos to prove the attacks it is now highly believed by International politics observers that the United Nations will now ramp up pressure on Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.
“While we continue to monitor the terrible situation, it is clear that this is how Bashar al-Assad operates: with brutal, unabashed barbarism. Those who defend and support him, including Russia and Iran, should have no illusions about Assad or his intentions. Anyone who uses chemical weapons to attack his own people shows a fundamental disregard for human decency and must be held accountable.”
Doctors treating the victims said they suffered symptoms matching those caused by exposure to the deadly nerve agent sarin, including foaming at the mouth.
The UN Security Council is set to hold an emergency meeting into the attack on Wednesday after the atrocity was labelled a “war crime”.
One Syrian rebel told Haaretz: “All the pictures and all the witness accounts suggest as much.
“Bodies of children, women and men that don’t show a drop of blood and everyone is suffocated – even birds fell from the sky, dead.
“If anyone in the world has any doubt, they should send their representatives here.”
Men in chemical suits are given oxygen after the suspected chemical attack
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said many of those killed died from suffocation and the effects of the gas.
The raids were carried out by planes believed to be loyal to the government of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.
The attack reportedly caused people to choke or faint, with some reportedly foaming at the mouth in an apparent sign of a gas attack.
Activists in northern Syria circulated pictures on social media showing a reported victim with foam around his mouth, and rescue workers hosing down almost naked children squirming on the floor.
The Syrian American Medical Society said its doctors had determined that the symptoms of the patients were consistent with exposure to sarin.
SAMS head Ahmad Tarakji said: “This should strike at the very core of our humanity.”
British-trained medic Dr Shajul Islam, who works in northern Syria, told how stricken civilians with “pinpoint pupils” had poured into hospital after the attack.
Speaking in a video he posted to twitter, Dr Islam said: “I will show you the evidence again and again, but you know what? The world doesn’t care and no-one is doing anything.
“We urge you to put pressure on your government – put pressure on anyone – to help us.”
He added that the incident was “definitely not a chlorine attack” – something backed up by other witnesses.
Mohammed Hassoun, a media activist documenting the attack for the medical society, said medics had told him there was likely more than one chemical used.
He said: “There are 18 critical cases here. They were unconscious, they had seizures and when oxygen was administered, they bled from the nose and mouth… chlorine gas doesn’t cause such convulsions.”
Survivors of the attack received no mercy as a rocket slammed into a hospital filled with the victims, raining rubble down on top of medics battling to save people.
The National Coalition has now called on the UN Security Council to “convene an emergency session…, open an immediate investigation and take the necessary measures to ensure the officials, perpetrators and supporters are held accountable”.
The statement added: “Failure to do so will be understood as a message of blessing to the regime for its actions.”
It accused the “regime of the criminal Bashar” of carrying out the attack, using “shells containing chemical gas”
The Syrian army could not immediately be reached for comment. Damascus has repeatedly denied using chemical weapons.
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