Horrific nerve gas attack in Syria has left 20 children dead as Boris Johnson slams President Bashar Assad

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Boris Johnson has dismissed Syrian government denials that it was responsible for a chemical weapons strike which has killed more than 70 people, including children.

Horrific footage shows children spluttering and gasping for breath as dead bodies lie strewn across the ground after a nerve gas attack left at least 72 people dead in Syria.

Many bodies lie face down whereas the pain and desperation can be seen across the faces of others, helpless in the tragedy.

The sound of the panicked struggle for air is heard from people almost lifeless in the road.

A young boy is captured red in the face as he gasps for breath in the scene of devastation.

Boris Johnson said he had seen “absolutely nothing to suggest” the attack was carried out by anyone but Bashar Assad’s government.

Boris Johnson has dismissed Syrian government denials that it was responsible for a chemical weapons strike

A Syrian child receives treatment following a toxic gas attack in Khan Sheikhun, a rebel-held town in the northwestern Syrian Idlib province

The attack has left 72 people dead- including children

A young boy lies helpless, gasping for breath

The comments came ahead of a United Nations Security Council emergency meeting – requested by the UK and France – on Wednesday to discuss the chemical incident in Idlib province.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the death toll had risen to at least 72, including 20 children.

Witnesses have claimed the attack was carried out by jets operated by the Russian and Syrian governments.

But the Syrian government “categorically rejected” this, instead blaming rebels and accusing them of making it up to frame the regime.

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