First independent images of alleged chemical attack in Syria emerge

A rocket shell close to the site of the alleged chemical attack. Photo: ITV News

New pictures of the dead and dying continue to emerge of the apparent chemical attack in Syria. It is now estimated that close to thousand people have been killed.

ITV News has obtained the the first independent pictures from the scene of the attack in eastern Damascus.

A warning that this report from Middle East Correspondent Geraint Vincent contains distressing images including the aftermath of the alleged attack and the dead bodies of adults and children:

The race is now on to gain access to the site, as although chemical weapons experts agree there has been some kind of chemical attack, there is some dispute as to whether the attack was caused by a nerve agent.

The bodies of this family seem to show they were attempting to flee. Credit: ITV News

Activists say the attack killed as many as 1,300 people.

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This body of this woman was found with her head tilted back over the stairs of a building.

The UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon said tonight that a delegation was being sent to Syria and called for Syria to grant permission for inspectors to access the site "without delay." In a statement, he said:

The Secretary-General believed that the incidents reported yesterday need to be investigated without delay.

The Secretary-General now calls for the Mission, presently in Damascus, to be granted permission and access to swiftly investigate the incident which occurred on the morning of August 21.

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The body of a boy, filmed earlier today, in Damascus. Credit: ITV News

The chemical evidence of the attack will only remain for another 12 to 24 hours which means time to establish the facts of what happened and who is responsible, is running out, as Paul Davies reports.