UN Security Council Sees Video Evidence of a Chemical Attack in Syria – Somini Sengupta (NY Times via Daily Alert)
- UN Security Council Sees Video Evidence of a Chemical Attack in Syria – Somini Sengupta
Dr. Mohamed Tennari, 35, from the Syrian town of Sarmeen, described the events of a night in March to the UN Security Council on Thursday The sound of helicopters, then a thud, then the smell of bleach, overpowering, followed by a surge of wounded to the local hospital. Dr. Tennari showed a video taken at the hospital that he ran. In it, two children are piled on their grandmother’s body. A third, a baby, is on the next bed. Their mouths are open. All three children, ages 1 to 3, died. Their parents, too.
The U.S., along with Britain and France, has accused the Syrian government of dropping chlorine-filled bombs – “only the Assad regime has helicopters,” Samantha Power, the American ambassador to the UN, said Thursday – though Russia says there is insufficient evidence.
As many as 120 injured people poured into the hospital that night, Tennari said. The family of the three children lived in a basement apartment which became “a gas chamber” when toxic gas seeped in through a vent, he said. (New York Times)