As images emerged from the chemical attack in a rebel-held town in Syria, the emotion was raw. Advancing rapidly through time, the immediate reactions media captured cannot describe the pain. The pictures covering publications conveyed more than just words; it also covered the agony of what Syrians have been facing for the past many years.
Many witnesses reported seeing warplanes that Tuesday morning where suddenly an explosion exposed a yellow cloud. As it was described, “the gas was inhaled, and people immediately died,” the images described exactly that. Small children (maybe no less than a year) were set up to nebulizers and images surfaced of kids sprawled out in an effort to get air. As BBC reports, approximately 89 people were killed- 33 children and 18 women. Even clinics that helped treat those injured were bombed; something that was also covered by shaky phone cameras.
Through a number of tests and analyses, sarin or a sarin-like substance seemed to have been used in the attack. Sarin gas is odorless, colorless, and extremely toxic. A low concentration dose can kill adults within minutes, by basically overloading our nerves to the point where we cannot control ourselves. Severe convulsions and paralysis follow until we die. Production of Sarin was outlawed in the Chemical Weapons Convention in 1993.
The United States has since responded to this by launching an airstrike to a Syrian base, and the world has strongly condemned Bashar Al-Assad for this attack.
– Evanka Annyapu and Amit Rajesh
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