MSF treats possible victims of chemical attack in Syria

Chemical attack indicator found four patients from same family in northern Aleppo

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has said that its doctor treated four patients whose symptoms demonstrated the possible use of chemical agents in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

In a statement released by the MSF, four family members arrived to the hospital run by the MSF following an attack that occurred on Aug. 21.

MSF said that the family members were suffering from respiratory difficulties, inflamed skin, red eyes and conjunctivitis, indicating a possible chemical attack.

The organisation said ‘’within three hours they developed blisters and their respiratory difficulties worsened. MSF staff treated their symptoms and gave them oxygen before transferring them to another facility for specialised treatment.’’

The family came from the town of Marea in the Azaz district of northern Aleppo, which had been under intense bombardment for a week.

A patient told the MSF that a mortar shell hit their home at about 7:30 pm local time on Aug. 21 and a yellow gas filled their room afterwards.

Pablo Marco, MSF’s programme manager in Syria, said that ‘’MSF has no laboratory evidence to confirm the cause of these symptoms. However, the patients' clinical symptoms, the way these symptoms changed over time, and the patients' testimony about the circumstances of the poisoning all point to exposure to a chemical agent.’’

The MSF also said that ‘’at least 11 medical facilities have been deliberately targeted with barrel bombs over recent months.’’

Regime warplanes and helicopters are being acutely accused of dropping barrel bombs on residential areas where a number of civilians live and that the Assad regime no longer controls that area.

Although dropping barrel bombs isn't possible without the use of warplanes and helicopters, which the opposition doesn't posses, the Assad regime denies responsibility for the use of barrel bombs.

TRTWorld and agencies