CBS Defends Decision to Show Footage of Sarin Gas Attack (Video)

"If you don't see it, I don't believe the impact truly hits you," Scott Pelley says.
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Scott Pelley

CBS News' 60 Minutes on Sunday night aired footage of the 2013 sarin gas attack on the suburbs of Damascus that killed an estimated 1,429 people, including 426 kids, according to Scott Pelley's report.

The report, "A Crime Against Humanity," featured what 60 Minutes Overtime called "some of the most disturbing footage in its 47-year history." The video portrayed the aftermath of the attack in which victims suffered seizures, vomiting and respiratory failure.

In a 60 Minutes Overtime video posted after the East Coast broadcast, Pelley defended the decision to show the footage.

"If you don't see it, I don't believe the impact truly hits you," Pelley explained. "Even though people will be disturbed by what they see, it has to be seen."

The video came from eyewitnesses' cell phones.

"What would've happened during the Holocaust if all the Jews had cell phones?" Pelley asked. "Certainly the world would have found out much sooner what was happening."

Watch the clip below.

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