Survivor of Suspected #Syriagasattack Cries in Anguish, Lost Whole Family

Youssef Abdel Hamid, a resident of Khan Shaykhun, Syria, lost more than 20 members of his extended family in the April 4 suspected chemical attack, including his wife Dalal and their two infant children Aya and Ahmed.

Abdel Hamid has fielded several interviews with local activists that include Moaz al-Shami and Hadi Al-Abdallah, in which he recounted the details of the April 4 attack. In all the interviews, he specifically describes the emergence of sarin gas, which he could smell as it emanated from an unidentified munition.

United Nations Disarmament Chief Kim Won-soo said on April 5 that the UN is working closely with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on an investigation, and "if confirmed, this would constitute the single largest chemical weapons attack in Syria since the attack on eastern Ghouta in August 2013.”

In an April 6 press conference, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem reiterated his denial that the attack was carried out by the regime, also claiming that any investigation into the use of chemical weapons in Khan Shaykhun would be overtly politicized by Turkey and the United States.

The use of sarin or any other chemical agent remains unconfirmed at the time of writing; however, Doctors Without Borders and the World Health Organization have said medical reports lend credence to suspicions that sarin and chlorine poison gases were used on Khan Shaykhun. Credit: 1. Maara Media Center/ 2. Moaz al-Shami via Storyful