Heartbroken Syrian dad buries his twin children and wife after ‘sarin’ attack wiped out 20 family members


A devastated father whose twin children and wife were killed in a suspected chemical attack in Syria wept over their graves as they were buried.

Heartbroken Abdul Hamid Youssef had to be held up by fellow mourners as he broke down in tears and crouched down next to their burial plots.

He was said to have lost 20 members of his family as the attack in Syria’s north-western Idlib province killed scores of people on Tuesday.

After the attack a photo of a sobbing Youssef cradling the bodies of his nine-month-old twins – Ahmad and Aya – was published around the world.

Abdul Hamid Youssef is held up by fellow mourners

The dad lost 20 members of his family in the attack

Little boy gasps for breath surrounded by dead bodies

At least 70 people, including 20 children, were killed in the attack in a rebel-held area in Khan Sheikhoun, as Syria’s government continued to deny that it was responsible for the suspected sarin gas attack.

Youssef was believed to have fallen ill after being exposed to the chemical amid a series of air strikes against the region near Syria’s border with Turkey.

World leaders and human rights campaigners have called for an investigation into the alleged war crime.

Twins Aya and Ahmad were among at least 70 victims

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