Abdel Hameed al-Youssef lost about 20 members of his family including his wife and 9-month old twins in the recent suspected gas attack in Khan Shaykhoun town of Syria on April 4. A photo of the father holding his dead twin children is heart-wrenching and depicts everything that is wrong at present in the world. 

 

A suspected gas attack on the rebel-held town in northwestern Syria killed 58 civilians, including At least 19 children and 13 women were among the dead, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.

 

 

Dozens more were suffering the effects of the attack, with medical sources reporting respiratory problems and symptoms including fainting, vomiting and foaming at the mouth, the monitor said. A hospital in the town where doctors were treating victims of the attack was also bombarded, an AFP correspondent said.

           

The incident brought swift international condemnation, with the United States, France and Britain all pointing the finger at Assad. The White House condemned what it called a "reprehensible" attack by Assad's forces.

 

 

UN envoy Staffan de Mistura said the attack was believed to be chemical and launched from the air, adding that there should be a "clear identification of responsibilities and accountability".

 

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Meanwhile, the US on April 7 launched a massive military strike on a Syrian air base in retaliation to a "barbaric" chemical attack on civilians allegedly by embattled President Bashar al-Assad's regime and asked all "civilised" countries to join it to end the killing of innocent people.

 

 

On President Donald Trump's orders, US warships in the Mediterranean Sea launched between 50-60 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Shayrat air base, in Homs governorate, where the warplanes that carried out the chemical attacks are based, US officials said.

 

(with inputs from PTI)


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