This is just one of many videos of the results of apparent Syrian army gas attacks on several locations in the eastern suburbs of Damascus this morning. As you can see, there are no signs of outward injuries.
Much more here if you can stand it.
George Sabra, an opposition leader, said as many as 1,300 men, women and children may have died in the attacks.
“Today’s crimes are … not the first time the regime has used chemical weapons. But they constitute a turning point in the regime’s operations,” he told a news conference in Istanbul. “This time it was for annihilation rather than terror.”
If the cause of death and the scale of the killing were confirmed, it would be the worst known use of chemical weapons since Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein gassed thousands of Kurds in the town of Halabja in 1988.
Update: And of course:
— nutsflipped (@nutsflipped27) August 21, 2013
Russian Foreign Ministry calls reports of chemical weapons attacks in Syria "look like a provocation planned in advance" — INTERFAX
— Ivan Watson (@IvanCNN) August 21, 2013
Indeed. Getting all those kids to pretend to be dead must have taken a lot of preparation.
— le-syrien (@lesyrien14) August 21, 2013
Another update: Max Fisher of The Washington Post says this is the one video from the chemical weapon attack that everyone needs to see.
A terrified girl says over and over, “I’m alive.”