As many as 100 people may have been killed in a suspected chemical attack by the Assad regime, denounced as one of the worst horrors yet in Syria’s civil war.
A US government source said the Trump administration believes the chemical agent sarin was used in Tuesday’s strike in a rebel-held area of the northwestern province of Idlib.
That verdict is shared by a British volunteer doctor treating people choking and foaming at the mouth.
“This hospital is now being overwhelmed with patients that have been hit by some sort of chemical,” said Dr. Shajul Islam.
“This is not chlorine. We do not smell chlorine on this patient. This is not chlorine gas. This is not chlorine. We have seen a lot of chlorine attacks. This patient has clear, clear pinpoint pupils.”
This is the latest from the Sarin attacks. Patients are still flooding in. This child’s been rushed in w/o any family. They’re probably dead pic.twitter.com/B4i9W97UfA— Dr Shajul Islam (@DrShajulIslam) 4 avril 2017
The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attack in Khan Sheikhoun killed at least 58 people including 11 children.
But The Union of Medical Care Organizations, a coalition of international aid agencies that funds hospitals in Syria, said at least 100 people had died.
“I was asleep when the warplane hit us,” said one little boy, in a hospital.
“I went outside with my dad but my head started hurting. I fell asleep and woke up to find myself here.”
The Syrian military denied responsibility, saying it would never use chemical weapons. Its ally Russia said it didn’t carry out the attack
Reports say warplanes later struck as victims were receiving treatment.
Some of those fighting for life were taken for medical help to Turkey, which backs the anti-Assad opposition.