Syria Chemical Weapon Attacks Kills dozens outskirts Damascus

Chemical weapon attack in Syria kills dozens

10:49 AM, 21st August 2013
Syria Chemical Weapon Attacks
Opposition activists with the bodies of people they say were killed during a gas attack on 21 August 2013 near Damascus. © Reuters.

DAMASCUS, SYRIA: Chemical weapons attacks have killed dozens on the outskirts of Damascus, Syrian opposition activists claim. Rockets with toxic agents were launched at the suburbs of the Ghouta region early on 21 August 2013 as part of a major bombardment on rebel forces. Syria’s state-run news agency said that the reports were ‘baseless’ and an attempt to distract the inspectors.

Based on the described symptoms, doctors believe that the use of sarin gas was made in the chemical weapons. The sarin gas, an organophosphorus compound used in chemical weapon attacks the nervous system. Sarin when inhaled can cause death of a person within ten minutes when left untreated.

Syria is one of just a handful of countries that are not parties to the international treaty that bans chemical weapons, and Western nations believe it has caches of undeclared sarin, VX nerve agents and mustard gas (that causes large blisters on the exposed skin and in the lungs).

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