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WHO 'Demands Immediate Unhindered Access' To Suspected Chemical Attack Site In Syria

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| April 12 , 2018 , 11:42 IST

The conflict in Syria which has been going on since 2011 reached a new low when a suspected chemical attack took place on April 7, affecting 500 people in Syria's Douma and killing 70 others, with most of the fatalities consisting of women and children. World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday demanded access to the suspected chemical attack site.

US President Donald Trump expressed outrage on the suspected chemical attack, and alleged the Syrian government and Russian President Vladimir Putin of being responsible for the attack, while Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad rejected reports of there being any chemical attack.

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As the UN Security Council, which has both the US and Russia having veto powers, was not able to reach a consensus on the suspected chemical attack, World Health Organisation (WHO) has stepped in, demanding "immediate unhindered access to the area" in a statement.

"We should all be outraged at these horrific reports and images from Douma,” said Dr. Peter Salama, WHO Deputy Director- General for Emergency Preparedness and Response.

“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,” he said.

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"WHO is deeply alarmed by reports of the suspected use of toxic chemicals in Douma city, East Ghouta," said the WHO statement.

"According to reports from Health Cluster partners, during the shelling of Douma on Saturday, an estimated 500 patients presented to health facilities exhibiting signs and symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals," the statement added.

"Any use of chemical weapons to cause harm is illegal under international law. Global norms against chemical weapons reflect a particular abhorrence to their disproportionate harm to the eldest, the most infirm, and the youngest among us," said the WHO statement.