Damascus (Syria News) Syrian Civil Defense in Damascus and the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) published a mutual statement, on Sunday, revealing that the city of Douma, in eastern Ghouta, was attached using chemical substances.
The statement, which was published on the platforms of both organizations, reported “On Saturday, April 7th, at 7:45 PM local time, amidst continuous bombardment of residential neighborhoods in the city of Douma, more than 500 cases -the majority of whom are women and children- were brought to local medical centers with symptoms indicative of exposure to a chemical agent.”
“Patients have shown signs of respiratory distress, central cyanosis, excessive oral foaming, corneal burns, and the emission of chlorine-like odor,” the statement added.
The SAMS also explained, “Patients were treated with humidified oxygen and bronchodilators, after which their condition improved. In several cases involving more severe exposure to the chemical agents, medical staff put patients on a ventilator, including four children. Six casualties were reported at the center, one of whom was a woman who had convulsions and pinpoint pupils.”
Meanwhile, Civil Defense volunteers informed that more than 42 casualties found dead, with similar clinical symptoms, while revealed that they were unable to evacuate the bodies due to the intensity of the odor and the lack of protective equipment.
The two organizations (SAMS and Civil Defense) reported the symptoms indicated that the victims suffocated from the exposure to toxic chemicals and gases, most likely an organophosphate element.
It is noteworthy that the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) and Syrian Civil Defense have documented nearly 200 attacks using chemical weapons in Syria since 2012.