Suspected Chemical Strike in Syria
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Wed, 2018-04-11

The district of Douma in Eastern Ghouta, Syria was the site of a recent chemical attack reported to have killed at least 40 people. It is estimated that at least 300 victims were affected by the gas, many of which reported a chlorine odor. According to medics on the ground, victims presented symptoms including suffocation, foaming at the mouth, and dilated pupils, symptoms—the speed of death and high death toll suggest that Sarin, an organophosphate chemical, may have been used. Sarin has been previously used by Syria in mass attacks in 2013 and 2017. The UN Security Council convened a meeting on April 10 in response to the attack, but member countries were unable to reach an agreement.

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