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The Photos Coming Out Of Syria After A Suspected Chemical Attack Are Horrifying

WARNING: Graphic images. The attack in the Syrian province of Idlib reportedly killed dozens, including many children. Witnesses and doctors say the victims showed symptoms of chemical weapons use.

Last updated on April 5, 2017, at 4:31 a.m. ET

Posted on April 4, 2017, at 6:18 p.m. ET

An airstrike launched against the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun, in a rebel-held area of Idlib province, caused the death of scores of Syrians on Tuesday evening, local time. Witnesses on the ground say that the attack bears all the signs of chemical weapons use. Seventy-two people, including at least 20 children and 17 women, were killed in the attack, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said on Wednesday. US officials have placed the blame for the attack on the shoulders of President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

While atrocities have occurred within Syria with a devastating frequency over the course of the seven-year civil war, the most recent suspected chemical attack has drawn international attention for its severity. It would be the most people to have been killed by chemicals in Syria since a 2013 gas attack killed more than 1,000 people.

Children get treatment at a hospital after a suspected chemical attack.
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Children get treatment at a hospital after a suspected chemical attack.

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A Syrian medic runs for cover during the airstrikes, which hit a hospital in Khan Sheikhoun.
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A Syrian medic runs for cover during the airstrikes, which hit a hospital in Khan Sheikhoun.

Civil defense members try to reduce the effects of chemicals with water.
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Civil defense members try to reduce the effects of chemicals with water.

A man breathes through an oxygen mask as another one receives treatment.
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A man breathes through an oxygen mask as another one receives treatment.

The body of a baby is seen after a suspected chemical attack.
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The body of a baby is seen after a suspected chemical attack.

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An image provided by the Syrian American Medical Society Foundation shows the effects of an alleged chemical weapons attack in Idlib province, April 4, 2017.

Courtesy SAMS

An image provided by the Syrian American Medical Society Foundation shows the victims of an alleged chemical weapons attack on Idlib province in Syria, April 4, 2017.

A child gets treatment at a hospital after the attack.
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A child gets treatment at a hospital after the attack.

The body of a baby is seen after the attack.
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The body of a baby is seen after the attack.


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An unconscious Syrian child is carried into the hospital.
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An unconscious Syrian child is carried into the hospital.

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A crater is seen at the site of an airstrike.
Ammar Abdullah / Reuters

A crater is seen at the site of an airstrike.