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WHO Demands Access To Syria’s Douma, Where Partner Agencies Report Evidence Of Chemical Attack Affecting 500 People

BBC News: Syria war: WHO demands access to ‘chemical attack site’
“The World Health Organization (WHO) has demanded ‘unhindered access’ to Douma in [Syria’s Eastern Ghouta] to check reports from its partners that 500 people were affected by a chemical attack there. The Syrian government denies being behind any use of chemical weapons…” (4/11).

The Guardian: Syria: 500 Douma patients had chemical attack symptoms, says WHO
“…The WHO report adds to mounting evidence of the use of toxic gas in the attack, which killed at least 42 people and has raised the prospect of American airstrikes against forces loyal to the regime of Bashar al-Assad…” (Shaheen, 4/11).

Reuters: WHO: 500 Syrian patients show symptoms pointing to toxic weapons exposure
“…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 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…” (Nebehay, 4/11).

U.N. News: Security Council fails to adopt three resolutions on chemical weapons use in Syria
“Days after alleged chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburb of Douma, the United Nations Security Council failed to adopt two competing resolutions that would have established a mechanism to investigate use of such weapons in Syria, as well as another concerning a fact-finding mission in the war-torn country…” (4/10).

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