Horrifying barely describes the scene in Damascus after 1,300 civilians were killed as they slept in their beds.
Activists have accused President Bashar al-Assad’s forces of launching Sarin gas attack in what is considered the worst use of poison gas since World War II.
Reportedly, rockets filled with chemical agents hit the suburbs of Ain Tarma, Zamalka and Jobar just before dawn.
Graphic photos of dead men, women, and children have been emerging since the attack, raising awareness of the plight of innocent people trapped in a war with no end in sight.
Syrian state television denied accounts of chemical weapon use, allegedly deliberately to distract the team of UN chemical weapons experts that arrived three days ago.
Syria’s Information Minister claimed the activists report was ‘disillusioned and fabricated, one whose objective is to deviate and mislead’ the UN mission.
However, videos of children and adults in field hospitals suffering from the effects of the gas have emerged.
Al Jazeera’s Nisreen El-Shamayleh has been reporting from Jordan, and stated:
"We have been receiving reports that the doctors in the field hospitals do not have the right medication to treat these cases and that they were treating people with vinegar and water."
Sarin gas is colorless, tasteless and odorless. It’s considered to be one of the most toxic chemical warfare agents and causes paralysis, loss of consciousness, and respiratory failure.
If untreated upon inhalation death can occur within 10 minutes, and only a fraction of an ounce on the skin is enough to be fatal.
Syria has the largest arsenal of chemical weapons in the world including Sarin and mustard gas.
The EU has condemned the use of chemical weapons by Syrian government forces and is demanding an immediate investigation of the incident.
A U.N. team is currently in Syria investigating previous allegations that both sides of the war have used poison gas in the past.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said if proven the use of chemical weapons would ‘not only be a massacre, but also an unprecedented atrocity’.
However, accusations from the Syrian opposition remain unverified.
The White House has expressed deep concern over the use of chemical weapons against civilians and is working urgently to gather accurate information on the attack.
This story will be updated as details unfold.