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The emotional hell that a Syrian father experienced after his family was killed in a recent chemical weapons attack was caught on video and has been shared around the world. Abdul Hamid al-Youssef lost his two children and wife in the attack. Video posted to the Facebook page of Hadi abdullah shows Youssef as he says goodbye to his family. The father is overcome with grief and needs to be supported by men around him.
Youssef reportedly lost more than 20 members of his family during the attack in Northern Syria on Tuesday.
He later spoke to CNN about the atrocities.
“My kids, Ahmad and Aya, and my wife… they were all martyred…My entire family’s gone.”
According to Youssef, he awoke at the first sound of an airstrike and alerted his wife and children, who were later killed in the subsequent chemical and artillery attack.
Graphic images of Youssef holding on to his children as tears stream down his face have become a harrowing symbol of this week’s atrocities. The United States and Great Britain have accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of organizing the attacks.
President Donald Trump condemned the attack in a press conference on Wednesday.
“That attack on children, yesterday, had a big impact on me. That was a horrible, horrible thing. I’ve been watching it and seeing it, and it doesn’t get any worse than that,” Trump said.
“It’s very, very possible…that my attitude towards Syria and Assad have changed very much.”
UN Ambassador Nikki Haley has indicated that the United States may take military action against Syria.
“When the United Nations consistently fails in its duty to act collectively, there are times in the life of states that we are compelled to take our own action,” Haley said.