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article imageVideo: Syrian claims first-hand experience with chemical attack

By Anne Sewell     Apr 30, 2013 in World
In a Skype interview with Vocativ, a Syrian man reveals a video showing a dramatic "chemical attack", which he has uploaded to YouTube. He also gathered evidence of the attack and is taking it to Turkey for testing. (Updated).
25-year-old Suhayb Elkhalid filmed the alleged strike and the aftermath and claims that Syrian forces launched a chemical attack on Monday from the air over the small town of Saraqib in northern Syrian, close to the Turkey border.
“We know it’s a chemical attack,” he told Vocativ.
The video shows apparent victims of the strike, frothing at the mouth and gasping for air.
Vocativ spoke to Elkhalid via Skype a few hours after the incident occurred. He said that electricity is out in the area and that he is using a generator-powered computer.
Elkhalid states that he has gathered evidence of the attack including “the empty bombs”, soil samples and clothes, and says that he will try to get it across the border to Turkey for testing.
Vocativ is a media start-up currently working in Beta mode. Their website states that they are "a global news platform built to help you find stories hidden in plain sight amidst the noise."
RT is reporting the story in a different light. According to SANA news agency reports, citing a government official, Syrian opposition fighters are the ones who have allegedly used unknown chemicals against residents in Saraqib.
According to the source, on Monday "terrorists" called together residents of Saraqib near the southern entrance to the town, and made them open plastic bags, allegedly containing an unknown powder.
Shortly afterwards, some people suffered “suffocation, tremors and problems with breathing.”
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