A String of Strategic Chemical Attacks

Saturday’s horrific chemical attack in Douma, East Ghouta came amid “continuous bombardment” that left dozens dead, hundreds injured and health resources in tatters, reports the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS).

Hundreds arrived at medical centers showing signs of exposure to chemical agents. Scores were found dead in their homes, having suffocated from toxic chemical exposure.

5 years on from his promise to nix Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile, they remain central to President Bashar al-Assad’s efforts to regain control of rebel-held territory, reports the New York Times. Since 2013, chemicals including mustard gas, Sarin and chlorine have been deployed by Assad's regime, killing scores of civilians.

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