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500 people were poisoned in Syrian 'chemical attack', World Health Organization reveals
Posted on: 12-04-2018 , 10:21:AM | DY365 Bureau

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 April 12, 2018: More than 500 people were poisoned in the attack on the Syrian town of Douma on Saturday, the World Health Organization said.

The WHO also revealed that the 43 people who were killed died from ‘symptoms consistent with exposure to highly to toxic chemicals’.

It said in a statement: ‘There were signs of severe irritation of mucous membranes, respiratory failure and disruption to central nervous systems of those exposed.’

But the Syrian ambassador to the UN in Geneva Edin Aala slammed the statement as ‘baseless’ and questioned the credibility of the WHO, saying the incident had been ‘staged’.

Now, international chemical weapons inspectors are demanding safe and unhindered passage to and from Douma to determine whether globally banned munitions were used. 

Inspectors will not assign blame and the WHO has no formal role in forensic inquiries into the use of chemical weapons.

‘We should all be outraged at these horrific reports and images from Douma,’ said Peter Salama, WHO’s deputy director-general for emergency preparedness and response.

‘WHO demands immediate unhindered access to the area to provide care to those affected, to assess the health impacts, and to deliver a comprehensive public health response,’ he said.

Aala said Sryia had formally invited investigators from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) who would visit Douma ‘very soon’. Donald Trump and Western allies are considering military action to punish Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for the purported poison gas assault.

Damascus said reports of a gas attack are false. The WHO also said that more than 70 people sheltering from bombardment in basements in the former rebel pocket of eastern Ghouta, where Douma is located, were reported to have died.

U.N. aid agencies lack access to most of eastern Ghouta, from which rebels are withdrawing under a deal with the Syrian government that restored its control over the region. WHO said it had trained more than 800 Syrian health workers to recognise symptoms and treat patients for chemical weapons exposure. The U.N. agency has also distributed antidotes for nerve agents, including in besieged Douma last year.


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