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Watch a Syrian Chlorine Gas Attack as It Happens

The clip, posted by Syrian opposition activists, comes to us via Reuters, which does not vouch for the authenticity of the video itself. Reuters, however, did have someone at the village where the video was supposedly shot:

A Reuters freelance photographer said he arrived at the scene of the attack an hour after a helicopter dropped the bomb.

“The smell of chlorine was very obvious. It smelt like vinegar, or bleach. I started to cough and hyperventilate. My eyes were burning,” he said.

One of his photos showed the woman who was running away from the gas in the video. She was being treated with oxygen at a field hospital. “There were 70 wounded people,” he said. “Those who were at the impact site fainted.”

The chlorine gas was not declared as part of Syria’s stockpile, but its use is illegal under global chemical conventions on chemical weapons. Last week, Secretary Kerry vaguely gestured at “consequences” for Assad should the Obama Administration determine that chlorine gas was used. Will there be any?

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