Chemical killer slays 22 members of the same Syrian family

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By Christopher Cummins  with AP
Chemical killer slays 22 members of the same Syrian family

<p>Global powers debate, argue and look to ways to exploit the chemical attack on Khan Sheikhun in Idlib province, northwest Syria. </p> <p>But the reality for those targeted is a bundle of grief, fear and fury.</p> <p>Here are two eyewitness accounts from those bereaved by this callous disregard for international law.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Syrian father cradles gas attack victims – Abdel Hameed al-Youssef cradles his dead twins after the suspected c… <a href="https://t.co/I9Z4jvFpu9">https://t.co/I9Z4jvFpu9</a></p>— Pedro Muñoz Lorite (@PMunozLorite) <a href="https://twitter.com/PMunozLorite/status/849695014783504384">April 5, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Abdel Hameed al-Youssef lost his baby twins, his wife and 22 extended family members:“We buried them. I took Ahmed and Aya and buried them with my brothers. I buried my kids with my own hands. My wife and my brothers. I used to call them blondies, my son, come to see papa, Aya, my soul, my loves, my Aya. I was right beside them. I took them outside with their mother. They were conscious, but 10 minutes later we could smell it, the gas, and my children couldn’t handle it anymore. I left them to the medics and went to find my family.” </p> <p><a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/newswires/news/national/chemical-attack-kills-22-members-single-family-syria-article-1.3022377">Aya Fadl</a>, teacher is a member of the same family:“I took my son and left the house with my husband. On the way, a big lorry stopped us and told us that they had many dead people. We saw our relatives. All were my relatives, my friends, my neighbours. I can’t believe it. My God. Children,Ammar, Aya, Mohammad and Ahmed; I love you, my birds. I saw them, they were dead. All are dead now.”</p> <p>Witnesses say four rockets struck around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, smashing a crater in the ground, but causing minimal structural damage. It quickly became clear this was not a conventional attack.</p>