Doctors Without Borders reports 4 treated for chemical exposure in Syria

Doctors Without Borders (DWB) said Tuesday that four patients have been treated in their hospital in Syria for symptoms indicating chemical exposure.

The patients came from the town of Marea, which reportedly had been the site of attacks via mortars and other artillery. The patients said that a piece of mortar entered their home on Aug. 21 and yellow gas filled the room after it exploded. The patients showed signs of respiratory difficulties, blisters, inflammation of the skin and eyes and conjunctivitis.

DWB Program Manager in Syria Pablo Marco said that while there is no laboratory confirmation of a chemical weapon being used in this incident, the patients' testimony and symptoms point toward that conclusion.

“Any use of chemical weapons constitutes an extremely severe violation of international humanitarian law,” Marco said. “It adds one more degree of suffering to a population who are already bearing the consequences of the worst humanitarian crisis in recent years. We appeal to all parties to observe a basic respect for human life and to stop indiscriminate violence against civilians.”

According to the organization, the report follows a deteriorating situation in the Aleppo governorate. They report that 11 facilities have been targeted with barrel bombs over the past few months. They state that the remaining facilities are having difficulty managing needs of those affected by these attacks.

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