FSA Accuses Regime Forces of Using Poisonous Chlorine in Eastern Ghouta
The Free Syrian Army groups operating in Rural Damascus said that the Assad regime forces have used the toxic chlorine gas four times in attacks on the towns of Zamalka and Ayn Tarma in eastern Ghouta over the past 24 hours.
Activists published photos and videos showing victims receiving treatment for inhaling toxic gases used by the regime forces in the bombings. Local activists and medical sources said that the field hospital in the area has received several cases showing symptoms of asphyxiation due to inhalation of a toxic substance.
The United States on Monday warned the Assad regime against launching any new chemical attack after it detected what it described as a suspicious activity in the Shayrat airbase in eastern rural Homs.
France on Friday urged members of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to act firmly on the findings of the organization's latest report that confirmed that sarin was used in the April 4 attack on the town of Khan Sheikoun.
France said that the report by the world's chemical weapons watchdog was "unequivocal.” "The conclusions of this report are indisputable," the French foreign ministry said in a statement.
After interviewing witnesses and examining samples, a fact- finding mission (FFM) of OPCW concluded that "a large number of people, some of whom died, were exposed to sarin or a sarin-like substance” in the attack on Khan Sheikhoun.
The chemical attack by regime forces on the town of Khan Sheikoun claimed the lives of no fewer than 87 people, including 31 children. The attack on unarmed civilians prompted the United States to launch unprecedented missile strikes on the Shayrat airbase. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department + Agencies)