SAMS urges international response to recent Syrian chemical attacks

The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) urged the UN Security Council to intervene on Thursday after five cases of chemical attacks were reported in the Idlib region within the past 10 days.

"The international community needs to act with urgency and use all means necessary to protect the people of Syria from further use of chemical weapons in the face of a pattern of noncompliance," SAMS President Zaher Sahloul said.

The most recent attack occurred at approximately 2 a.m. Thursday. Civil Defense personnel reported that a barrel similar to earlier attacks was dropped on the western side of the city from a helicopter. The attack resulted in two deaths and 20 injuries related to suspected chlorine poisoning. 

On Tuesday, barrels containing suspected chlorine gas were dropped on the city of Binnish and the village of Qaminas, which are suburbs of Idlib. Another attack occurred on Monday in Samrin. The attacks followed another one on March 16 that garnered international attention.

Hospital staff in all five cases reported victims suffering from chlorine poisoning or exposure. Chlorine exposure symptoms include foaming at the mouth, shortness of breath, and burning of the eyes and throat.

"We fear that the situation could rapidly escalate, potentially to the scale of August 2013's chemical attack in Eastern Ghouta, or even worse," Sahloul said. "The world should not wait for another Srebrenica massacre or Halabja chemical attack before it intervenes."

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