Hundreds of people including children are reported dead in Syria following a suspected chemical weapon attack.
A team of UN inspectors is seeking access to an area near Damascus where the opposition says the chemical attack occurred.
The men, women and children lay undisturbed in their beds had looked so peaceful ,one Abu Nidal said after the attack.
“We would go into a house and everything was in its place, every person was in their place. They were lying where they had been. They looked like they were asleep. But they were dead,” he told Reuters by Skype from the suburb of Erbin.
Medics, as well as opposition fighters and political leaders, said the death toll had reached 1,400 and was likely to rise further with hundreds more critically wounded in districts besieged by the Syrian military.
Critical analysts found it surprising that either President Bashar al-Assad’s forces or the rebels trying to topple him would carry out such an attack just days after a United Nations team arrived in the capital to inspect previous reports of chemical weapons use.
The U.N. investigators are staying in a hotel just a few kilometres away.