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Syrian Doctors Who Treated Chemical-Attack Victims Recount Horrors

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A Syrian woman mourns over a child's body wrapped in a shroud laid out in a line on the ground with other victims that Syrian rebels claim were killed in a gas attack by pro-government forces near Damascus on August 21.

A Syrian woman mourns over a child's body wrapped in a shroud laid out in a line on the ground with other victims that Syrian rebels claim were killed in a gas attack by pro-government forces near Damascus on August 21.

WASHINGTON -- Two Syrian physicians who claim to have treated some of the victims of the alleged August 21 chemical attack near Damascus say they witnessed dozens of civilians dying of symptoms associated with poison gas.

Sakhr al-Dimashgy and Ghazwan Bwidany spoke from Syria via Skype at a Washington event on September 6 organized by the Damascus Center for Human Rights (DCHRS).

The group's director, Radwan Ziadeh, said evidence gathered by activists from his and other Syrian rights groups proved that President Bashar al- Assad's forces were responsible for the attack.

Ziadeh is a former spokesman of the opposition Syrian National Council.

Members of the U.S. Congress are currently debating whether to authorize limited military strikes against the Syrian regime, which the DCHRS says it supports.
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