Syria bombs area of alleged chemical attack
Syrian forces bomb in chemical attack area: Syrian citizens try to identify dead bodies, after an alleged poisonous gas attack by regime forces Aug. 21.
AP Photo: Local Committee of Arbeen
Syrian citizens try to identify dead bodies in Damascus after an alleged poisonous gas attack by regime forces Aug. 21.
Associated Press 1 hr ago | By Bassem Mroue of Associated Press
The day after an alleged poisonous gas attacked killed hundreds in Damascus, the same area was bombed by Syrian regime forces.
BEIRUT — President Bashar Assad’s forces pressed on with a military offensive in eastern Damascus Thursday, bombing rebel-held suburbs where the opposition said a chemical weapons attack the day before killed more than 100 people.
The government has denied allegations it used chemical weapons in artillery barrages on the area known as eastern Ghouta on Wednesday as “absolutely baseless.” The United States, Britain and France have demanded that a team of U.N. experts already in Syria be granted immediate access to investigate the site.
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Syrian opposition figures and activists have reported widely varying death tolls from Wednesday’s attack, from 136 to as high as 1,300. But even the most conservative tally would make it the deadliest alleged chemical attack in Syria’s civil war.
Syrian forces bomb in chemical attack area: A Syrian man carries the dead body of a Syrian girl Aug. 21 in Damascus.AP Photo: Local Committee of Arbeen
A Syrian man carries the dead body of a Syrian girl Aug. 21 in Damascus after an alleged toxic gas attack by Syrian regime forces.
Wednesday’s alleged chemical weapons attack left scores of children dead, their lifeless bodies appearing in amateur videos wrapped in white cloths, their pale skin unmarked by any wounds.
UNICEF said in a statement that the reports of attacks on civilians, presumably including children, were “deeply disturbing.”
“Such horrific acts should be a reminder to all the parties and all who have influence on them that this terrible conflict has gone on far too long and children have suffered more than enough,” UNICEF said. “Children must be protected, and those who fail to protect them will be held accountable.”
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Mohammed Abdullah, an activist in the suburb of Saqba told The Associated Press via Skype that most of the dead were buried the same day in mass graves in different areas in eastern Ghouta. He said the burials took place quickly for fear the bodies might decompose as a result of the heat and lack of electricity.
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He said relatives identified some of their dead family members before burial while unidentified victims were photographed and their graves tagged with a number in case their loved ones come to collect their bodies in the future.
“Most of the dead were buried in mass graves,” Abdullah said.
The unrest in Syria began in March 2011 and later exploded into a civil war. More than 100,000 people have been killed in the conflict so far, according to U.N. figures.
Syrian forces bomb in chemical attack area: A Syrian man mourns over a dead body after an alleged poisonous gas attack fired by regime forces Aug. 21.AP Photo: Media Office Of Douma City
A Syrian man mourns over a dead body after an alleged poisonous gas attack by regime forces Aug. 21.
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