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CBRN Assessment

Chemical weapons used against civilians in Syria

21 August 2013
A Syrian man who lives in Beirut, holds up a placard during a vigil against the alleged chemical weapons attack on the suburbs of Damascus, in front the United Nations headquarters in Beirut, Lebanon, on 21 August 2013. Source: PA

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Syrian opposition activists claimed on 22 August that between 130 and 1,300 people had died in a chemical weapons attack by President Bashar al-Assad's forces on Maadamiya in the western Ghouta belt surrounding the capital Damascus, and Zamalka and its surrounding areas in the eastern Ghouta belt, on 21 August.

Though casualty numbers are unconfirmed, many symptoms displayed by victims on social media videos appear consistent with a nerve agent attack, while others are consistent with a blood agent attack, suggesting a mixture of agents was used. The areas targeted are opposition strongholds often used to launch rebel attacks.



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