'Neurotoxic' attack in Syria

Medecins Sans Frontieres says doctors have treated about 3,600 patients in Syria with 'neurotoxic symptoms' and that 355 of them died. It suggests there are strong indications that chemical weapons have been used.

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Boy describes relatives' symptoms after 'bomb attack'

In this video, a young boy describes in Arabic how his family home was allegedly shelled and his relatives "smelt the gas" before showing a range of symptoms associated with a chemical attack.

The video was uploaded to a social networking website yesterday and does not give the boy's name or location. ITV News cannot independently verify it.

The video has been translated as follows: "Our granddad was at our house ... We were all asleep ... my grandad was upstairs and we were all downstairs ... The plane came and hit us ... and there was a huge sound ... We all woke up in shock ...

"My brother went upstairs to tell my grandad to come downstairs with the rifle ... As my brother was coming back downstairs he smelt the gas ... and he ran inside ... and then he just began to fit ... like he was going to die ...

"Then my mum and dad sat there and made him drink water ... and he kept throwing up ... After that ... he began to suffocate and he died ... My grandad then fell ... and was lying on the floor ... As my mum was trying to fan them ... she also fainted and was on the floor...

"[Interviewer: What did you do then?] I don't know ... I don't know how I got here ... I was crying and crying ... and then I was here ... My mum and dad are dead ... and my sisters and brothers ... [Interviewer: So who survived from your family?] Just me."


Activists: Assad offensive in Damascus goes on

Syrian activists say President Bashar al-Assad's forces are pressing on with a military offensive in the rebel-held eastern Damascus suburbs, the Associated Press reports.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says it still cannot confirm the numbers of casualties in Thursday's bombing of eastern Ghouta, which the opposition alleges was a chemical attack.

Iran: 'Syrian Govt not behind possible chemical attack'

The Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the Syrian government could not have been behind a possible chemical weapon attack on the outskirts of Damascus as President Bashar al-Assad's forces had the upper hand in the fighting.

If the use of chemical weapons is true, it has definitely been carried out by terrorist... groups, because they have proved in action that they refrain from no crime


UN calls for 'clarity' after alleged chemical attack

The United Nations Security Council said it was necessary to clarify an alleged chemical weapons attack in the suburbs of Damascus but stopped short of explicitly demanding a probe by UN investigators in Syria.

Argentina's UN ambassador, Maria Cristina Perceval, told reporters after a closed-door emergency meeting of the council: "There is a strong concern among council members about the allegations and a general sense that there must be clarity on what happened and the situation must be followed closely."

Hague hopes Syrian reports will 'wake up' Assad allies

Foreign Secretary William Hague has said he hopes the alleged chemical attack in Damascus "will wake up some who have supported the Assad regime to realise its murderous and barbaric nature".

Speaking ahead of tonight's UN security council meeting, Mr Hague said it was vital that the UN team in Damascus be given "immediate" and "unrestricted" access in the area of the alleged gas attack "to discover the truth".

"There is no reason for them not to be given access to a site not many miles (from) where they are (already) in Damascus," he said.

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