Turkish officials say autopsy results show use of chemical weapons in Syria

Turkish officials say autopsy results show use of chemical weapons in Syria
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Officials in Turkey say autopsy results show that chemical weapons were used in Tuesday's attack on a rebel-held Syrian province that left at least 70 people dead, Reuters reported Thursday.

In the days since the horrific attack, many world leaders have condemned the apparent use of chemical weapons and believe the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is responsible. 

Reports from the scene were gruesome: People, including children and babies, died, "some writhing, choking, gasping or foaming at the mouth," the New York Times reported, after warplanes dropped early-morning bombs in Syria's Idlib province. The exact number of fatalities has not yet been determined, but some estimates put it at more than 100 dead.

A man holds an infant believed to be a victim of a chemical weapons attack in Syria.
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Reuters reports that, so far, 32 people injured or sickened by Tuesday's attack have been evacuated to nearby Turkey. Three of them have died.

During a news conference on Wednesday, President Donald Trump said that Assad's apparent use of chemical weapons had "crossed many, many lines" but evaded the question of whether or not the U.S. would respond with military force, saying "I don't have to have one specific way, and if the world changes, I go the same way. It's already happened, that my attitude towards Syria and Assad has changed very much."

On Thursday, Reuters reported in a tweet that Syria's foreign minister denied that the Syrian army had used chemical weapons.

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Anna Swartz

Anna is a staff writer for Mic covering breaking news. She can be reached at aswartz@mic.com.

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