Skip to comments.UN calls for prompt investigation of Syria chemical attack
Posted on 08/22/2013 5:01:45 AM PDT by bert
Syrian National Coalition says at least 1,100 dead in alleged nerve gas attack on civilians in eastern Damascus suburb
n emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council Wednesday called for a prompt investigation into an alleged deadly gas attack by Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces that activists say killed hundreds of civilians outside Damascus, the Syrian capital. If confirmed, the attack would be the worst reported use of chemical arms in the two-year-old civil war, and would apparently cross what President Barack Obama has called a "red line."
snip..... The government attacks reportedly took place in the Ghouta region, east of Damascus, in suburbs including Zamalka, Arbeen and Ein Tarma. The Syrian government denied that it had used chemical weapons.
Information Minister Omran Zoabi said the allegations were "illogical and fabricated." A Syrian military officer appeared on state television and said the allegations were untrue and a sign of "hysteria and floundering" by Assad's opponents.
A video purportedly shot in Kafr Batna, a suburb on the eastern outskirts of Damascus, showed a room filled with more than 90 bodies, many of them children, with a few women and elderly men. Most of the bodies appeared ashen or pale but with no visible injuries. About a dozen were wrapped in blankets.
"Many of the casualties are women and children. They arrived with their pupils constricted, cold limbs and foam in their mouths. The doctors say these are typical symptoms of nerve gas victims," a nurse at Duma Emergency Collection facility, Bayan Baker, said.
Exposure to sarin gas causes pupils in the eyes to shrink to pinpoint sizes and prompts foaming at the lips.
"The attack took place at around 3:00 a.m. (8 p.m. EST). Most of those killed were in their homes," Khaled Omar, of the opposition Local Council in Ein Tarm, east of Damascus, said.
The country's main opposition group, Syrian National Coalition, accused the regime of killing more than 1,100 people in the attacks on Twitter. From Istanbul, leading Syrian opposition figure George Sabra said the death toll from the attacks, including chemical weapons, stood at 1,300.
Dr. Khaled al-Doumi, a doctor and manager of the medical center of Duma, a Damascus suburb near the site of the alleged attack, said, "Medically-speaking, the symptoms indicate that poisoning was a result of phosphorous compounds that could be caused by organic insecticides or sarin gas."
"There are people trapped at home who are unreachable so the death toll is going to soar up," al-Doumi said. A statement is expected from the medical center to announce the final figures in the attack.
Speaking to Al Jazeera from Finland, Paula Vanninen, professor and the director of Verifin, the Finnish Institute for Verification of the Chemical Weapons Convention, said that it was very difficult to see what actually happened to the victims from only studying videos.
"Some of those people were shaking and could have gotten the nerve agent exposure but for others it's quite difficult to say from the video what has caused their death. But you can see that they couldn't breathe. Something has caused that they were killed by not being able to breathe anymore," she said.
There are pictures
I wonder where the chemical agents or funding came from?.../s
This event doesn’t pass the ‘smell-test’...
Emergency session called, delayed because fresh pastries have not yet arrived for the security council, coffee hot, pastries not in place for each member state.
Oh, yeah, we need proof, I mean REAL proof, I demand proof, in the meantime, the red line has moved back.
Action must be taken. Most governments on vacation. This is an outrage, we will meet in November to book a meeting to get to the bottom of this!
Terrible, terrible, pass me the hasish and tell Assad we are VERY angry.
Ship more Sarin to our brothers in Damascus.
Good shooting! why not MORE dead?
More oil, more money, new cars for middle class.
Great idea, can we put that on our missiles too?
I agree. Assad has been winning the war recently. He would not have initiated such an attack, especially just when the EU inspectors arrived on the scene. This looks be an example of rebel staging and disinformation. If children were indeed killed, then they were probably killed by the rebels.
You must ask yourself, who stands to benefit by such an atrocity? Only the rebels. They are attempting to draw in active US support, something BHO wants to do but needs a casus belli. This is the rather obvious attempt to provide it.
Don’t forget - the White Hut wants to send more US Servicemen to Syria IMMEDIATELY to augment the forces that are already there!!!!
Meanwhile, in America, Walter White removed his sarin stash from the safe hiding behind the dual receptacle cover
There are a lot of US forces inside Jordan, sending Rebel teams north, into Syria but you think there are US forces on the ground in Syria?
Exactly what my first thought was...
Exactly. AlQuaida's got nerve gas, and refugees and anyone else are able to leave Syria with it.
US OUT OF UN AND UN OUT OF US!!!!!!!!!!!!
Not proof of anything but dirty sheets.
My thoughts exactly.
Maybe the rest of the world will now investigate what our MSM is too corrupt to look into.
This is what happens when Obama leads from behind.
Obama is a horse’s behind.
I’ve mentioned this on other threads: It’s odd that the caregivers are not suited up to handle people and clothing contaminated with sarin. Sarin is not a “gas” but it is a liquid, that can evaporate slowly.
This is how the Koranimals treat their own.