On Tuesday, initial reports from activists in Syria said that an airstrike that gave off a “poisonous gas” hit the rebel-held city of Idlib, reportedly killing over 100 and injuring hundreds more. The victims are said to include dozens of women and children. The symptoms of those affected reportedly match those that would show with the use of sarin gas.
Activists blame the Syrian regime led by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad who has been accused of using chemical weapons on his own people in the past. International leaders have condemned the attack.
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“Today around 7:30 a.m., about 125 injuries arrived to our hospital. Twenty-five of them were already dead, 70 to 80% of the wounded people were kids and women,” a doctor close to the affected area told CNN.
“The symptoms were pale skin, sweating, narrow or pin-eye pupils, very intense respiratory detachments. Those symptoms match the usage of sarin,” the doctor continued.
Another doctor that spoke to CNN, Fares al-Jundi, lives nearby where the airstrikes landed and rushed to hospital.
“I’ve never seen anything like it, beyond description,” al-Jundi said.
“I believe this horrible memory will stay with me for the rest of my life,” he continued.