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Syria: 500 Douma Patients Had Chemical Attack Symptoms, Says WHO

The World Health Organization has said an estimated 500 people went to health facilities with “signs and symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals” after the attack on the rebel-held town of Douma in Syria at the weekend.

“WHO demands immediate unhindered access to the area to provide care to those affected, to assess the health impacts and to deliver a comprehensive public health response,” Peter Salama, the WHO’s deputy director general for emergency preparedness and response, said in a statement issued in Geneva.

According to reports by The Guardian UK, UN aid agencies do not have access to most of the enclave of eastern Ghouta, including Douma where the alleged attack occurred. The Syrian government has denied responsibility.

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