By Julian Hattem - 09/08/13 02:19 PM EDT
New videos of an apparent chemical weapons attack in the suburbs of Syria’s capital, Damascus, are being released to convince Americans of the need for a military intervention, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday.
The graphic videos, released by the Senate Intelligence Committee on Saturday, show images of what seem to be victims of the attacks writhing on the ground and foaming at the mouth.
“Those videos make it clear to people that these are real human beings, real children, parents being affected in ways that are unacceptable to anybody, anywhere by any standards,” Kerry said at a press conference in Paris, according to the Associated Press.
"The vast majority of members of Congress -- House and Senate -- are undecided. And that’s why the videos are being shown and the briefings are taking place,” he added
The White House has held a number of consultations with members of Congress to urge them to back the president’s proposal to strike Syria.
A steady stream of lawmakers has so far expressed reluctance to support Obama's plan. They have reported that their constituents are overwhelmingly opposed to military action after years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Kerry has been traveling through Europe trying to bolster support for a possible military strike in Syria in response to the chemical weapons' use.