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Banned Chemical Nerve Agent Likely Used In Attack That Killed At Least 72 People In Northwestern Syrian Town, WHO Says

Washington Post: World Health Organization: Syria chemical attack likely involved nerve agent
“A chemical attack that killed scores of civilians in Syria probably involved a banned nerve agent, top medical groups concluded Wednesday, as the United States and European allies at the U.N. Security Council demanded an investigation. … At least 72 people were killed in the attack, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group. Medical organizations working inside Syria said they had treated more than 500 people who inhaled the still unidentified chemical. The World Health Organization said victims showed symptoms consistent with a reaction to a nerve agent, stockpiles of which President Bashar al-Assad’s government was supposed to have destroyed more than three years ago in an attempt to stave off U.S. military intervention…” (Loveluck/Zakaria, 4/5).

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