Damascus 22nd August, 2013: Reports are coming in from Syria that Chemical weapons used by President Bashar Al Assad’s forces have killed hundreds in the suburbs of the Ghouta region.
The attack began when the ruling regime’s forces launched rockets with toxic agents as part of a major bombardment on the rebel held stronghold.
The exact number of fatalities due to the attack is still unknown bit video footage from the location shows hundreds of bodies including those of little children with no visible signs of injuries, thus indicating that an exposure to deadly chemical agents was the main cause of death.
Children and adults who miraculously escaped are showing symptoms including suffocation and loss of vision.
If reports coming in from Syria are accurate, this could be the worst chemical attack of the new millennia and the most tragic since Saddam Hussein killed an estimated 5,000 people in Halabja with chemical agents in 1988.
Syria’s bold use of chemical weapons comes as a shocking surprise as United Nations inspectors are currently in the country to verify those very allegations laid out previously against President Assad’s regime.
Considering the statement made recently by US President Barrack Obama, that using chemical weapons would cross the “red line”, the attack could also be interpreted as a test of America’s commitment towards a resolution of the crisis in Syria.