World WHO: 500 Douma patients had symptoms consistent with toxic weapons exposure

12:45  11 april  2018
12:45  11 april  2018 Source:   Reuters

Syria attack: Activists says dozens killed by gas

  Syria attack: Activists says dozens killed by gas Several Syrian activist groups on Saturday reported that a brutal attack on the remnants of the rebel-held city of Douma in Eastern Ghouta left dozens of civilians killed and scores wounded. The groups -- including the White Helmets, the Douma Coordination Committee and the Ghouta Media Center -- said toxic gas inside barrel bombs dropped by helicopters over Douma caused people to suffocate.Syrian state news agency SANA cited an "official source" who denied the allegations, saying the reports were a "blatant attempt to hinder the army's advance" into what the news agency described as a "collapsing terrorist" stronghold.

GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organisation condemned a suspected chemical weapons attack in Douma , Syria last weekend, in which it said an estimated 500 patients went to health facilities with “signs and symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals”.

One woman who died had convulsions and pinpoint pupils. The UOSSM also concluded that the symptoms of the casualties were consistent with exposure "The doctors in Douma deny that there were people who came to the hospital claiming that they were under the chemical attack," he added.

Child and man are seen in hospital in the besieged town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, Damascus: A child and a man are seen at a hospital in the besieged town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, Damascus, Syria. © REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh A child and a man are seen at a hospital in the besieged town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, Damascus, Syria. The World Health Organisation condemned a suspected chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria last weekend, in which it said an estimated 500 patients went to health facilities with "signs and symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals".

"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," Peter Salama, WHO deputy director-general for emergency preparedness and response, said in a statement issued in Geneva.

U.N. aid agencies do not have access to most of the enclave of eastern Ghouta, including Douma, where the alleged attack occurred. The Syrian government has denied responsibility.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; editing by John Stonestreet)

Russia, Syria trying to 'sanitize' chemical attack site - U.S. State Dept .
The United States has credible information that Russia and Syria are trying to "sanitize" the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria while also attempting to delay access by inspectors from the Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons, a State Department spokeswoman said on Thursday. "We have credible information that indicates that Russian officials are working with the Syrian regime to deny and to delay these inspectors from gaining access to Douma ...

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