(PRWEB) August 21, 2013
Reported by Washington post on August 21, 2013, "Syrian activists accused the government Wednesday of launching a massive chemical weapons attack that killed scores of people in the Damascus suburbs and left makeshift hospitals packed with victims gasping for breath." While the death toll of the alleged attack varies, the Syrian Opposition Coalition claimed that at least 1,188 people had died; he Damascus Media Office also put the toll at over 1,000.
UOSSM spokesperson, Dr Tawfik Chamaa, said, "We were informed by the local medical offices in Eastern Ghouta of Damascus suburb that a series of alleged chemical attacks had hit the cities of Zamalka, Ein Tarma, Douma, Harsta, Daryya, Erbeen, and Moadamyae. The number of casualties continued to rise as time goes by. As reported by our medical teams in the area, symptoms are all related to exposure to toxic gas, ranging from shortness of breath to copious secretions to convulsion to death.”
Addressing the importance of immediate access of the UN team of chemical weapons inspectors to area affected by the attack, Dr Chamaa, said; “We demand immediate and unlimited access of the UN team of chemical weapons inspectors to Darraya, Douma, Zamalka, and other devastated areas. We expect them to examine the cases and investigate the cause of death of more than 1000 people, including children. We urge all the international organization to extend their help to those affected by the alleged chemical attack in Ghouta of Damascus. They are in dire needs for oxygen supplies, atropine, antiemetic and bronchodilators."
UOSSM condemns this barbaric alleged attack that claim thousands of innocent lives, and urges the international organizations to hold their responsibilities toward saving lives and provide medical and relief aids.