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Syrian survivors of sarin attack grieve one year on

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Abdulhamid Yusuf, who lost 19 members of his family, including his wife and two children in a chemical attack, visits the graves of his relatives in Khan Sheikhun, on March 31, 2018. (AFP pic)

KHAN SHEIKHUN: On his wedding anniversary on Wednesday, 29-year-old Syrian Abdulhamid Yusuf will have nothing to mark but a chemical attack that killed his wife and two baby children.

At least 80 people were killed on April 4 last year, on Yusuf and his wife’s anniversary, when war planes dropped sarin gas on his hometown of Khan Sheikhun in northwest Syria.

The chemical assault on the rebel-held town was one of the most shocking of Syria’s seven-year war, causing global outrage and rare retaliatory air strikes by the US.

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