Syrian Mother Hugs Dead Children After Alleged Gas Attack (VIDEO)

08/22/2013 04:37 pm 16:37:17

A somber video out of Syria appears to show a mother saying goodbye to her children following an alleged attack with chemical weapons on the outskirts of Damascus on Wednesday. Activists and members of the Syrian opposition have reported a death toll ranging between 136 and 1,300 victims.

Though the footage could not be independently verified, the gut-wrenching images show a woman hugging a deceased child in silence, then briefly examining another. She then covers the bodies, composes herself and steps away. The moment she pauses by a pillar says more than any description of the scene could.

CBS notes the footage was obtained and distributed by the Syrian opposition.

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