In Idlib, worried father turns paper cups into gas masks

In Idlib, worried father turns paper cups into gas masksFearing the worst in the looming battle for Syria’s last rebel stronghold, one desperate father is doing everything to protect his kids — fashioning gas masks from paper party cups and plastic bags. Hudhayfa al-Shahhad, who lives in the northwestern province of Idlib, is determined he and his family will be ready as best as possible for any chemical weapons attack, and has even dug a cave under his home to sit out any bombings. “I learnt how to make them on YouTube,” says the 27-year-old policeman demonstrating the rudimentary homemade masks, which he hopes may spare his three young children from the potentially deadly effects of any gas attack.



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