Global powers debate, argue and look to ways to exploit the chemical attack on Khan Sheikhun in Idlib province, northwest Syria.
But the reality for those targeted is a bundle of grief, fear and fury.
Here are two eyewitness accounts from those bereaved by this callous disregard for international law.
Syrian father cradles gas attack victims – Abdel Hameed al-Youssef cradles his dead twins after the suspected c… https://t.co/I9Z4jvFpu9— Pedro Muñoz Lorite (@PMunozLorite) April 5, 2017
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.”
Aya Fadl, 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.”
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.