16 December 2018

Autopsy results confirm chemical weapons use

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Autopsy results confirm that chemical weapons were used during the attack by the Assad regime in Syria's Idlib, Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ said Thursday.

Following Tuesday's attack in opposition-held town of Khan Sheikhun, which killed at least 86 people and wounded dozens of others, more than 50 patients were transferred to Turkey for treatment, three of whom lost their lives in hospitals inside the country.

A statement released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday pointed that a nerve agent was used in the attack, which was defined as a war crime. WHO said the victims of the latest attacks show symptoms of nerve agent damage "including acute respiratory distress as the main cause of death. Some cases appear to show additional signs consistent with exposure to organophosphorus chemicals, a category of chemicals that includes nerve agents."

While international monitors put the death toll at 86, local sources stated that the attack killed more than 100 civilians and injured some 500 more.

The attack was strongly condemned by the international community.

2017.04.06 / 14:24
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