Russia claims a Syrian air strike hit a rebel ammunition store. Damascus however, denies using chemical weapons. While Britain’s ambassador to the UN, Mathew Rycroft, said that it is “clearly a war crime”.
The attacks are one of many incidents over the six-year-long civil war in Syria, which has seen millions flee the country.
Reporter Dan Rather has implored people to pay attention to what’s happening.
He wrote on Facebook:
It is tragic that it takes a horrific deadly gas attack in Syria to put the heartbreaking plight of the men, women, and children trapped in that hell on Earth back in the headlines.
Take a moment to pause in your day. Do not skip past this story as part of the background noise of our modern world. I believe we should force ourselves to at least consider the implications.
Look at the pictures of the dead children.
We are witnessing a sheer slaughter on our watch. It is a situation that doesn't lend itself to easy answers, so the world chooses to look the other way.
Here's Rather's full post, which has had more than 27,000 shares.