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

12:45  11 april  2018
12:45  11 april  2018 Source:   reuters.com

Syrian government launches assault on rebel-held Douma

  Syrian government launches assault on rebel-held Douma Syrian Republican Guard forces pushed into the last rebel-held area of the eastern Ghouta near Damascus on Friday, state TV reported, where a war monitor said heavy air strikes killed at least 32 people including five children.State TV footage showed clouds of dark smoke rising from the targeted area, the town of Douma, where the Jaish al-Islam rebel group is holding out after insurgents in other parts of eastern Ghouta accepted safe passage to other rebel areas.

The WHO condemned the incident and said over 500 people from Douma had been treated for It said 43 of those deaths were "related to symptoms consistent with exposure to highly toxic WHO said it had trained more than 800 Syrian health workers to recognize symptoms and treat patients

WHO said it had trained more than 800 Syrian health workers to recognize 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. (Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Mark

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)

Chemical weapons investigators to visit Syrian attack site .
Chemical weapons investigators are due to travel Wednesday to the site of a suspected Syrian chemical weapon attack in Douma, if it's safe enough, according Syria's ambassador to the UN.Ambassador Bashar Jaafari told a UN Security Council meeting that a United Nations security team had entered the city east of Damascus on Tuesday to assess the security situation.

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