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>> It wasn't something they had to learn in medical school. But these days, knowing how to cope with a chemical weapons attack has become the new reality in Syria. These doctors from rebel held territory are the first to receive this expanded training, run by the World Health Organization.
I'm Reuters Emily Wither in the southern Turkish town of Gaziantep, not far from the Syrian border. For many of the doctors here, this scenario will feel very close to home. Many of them have already experienced the aftermath of a chemical weapons attack. They are senior doctors back home in their hospitals, and the idea is, they'll take these skills and train others on how to save lives.
They're taught that once a chemical attack has taken place, they have to quickly remove the toxic agents and not contaminate themselves. Asar Vidawis, like many doctors here, responded to a deadly chemical weapons attack in northern Syria in April. He suffered symptoms and has learned how to protect himself and his staff.
> We had treated for chlorine, but the symptoms of chlorine are different than the symptoms we saw. They were very severe, and it was the first time we had dealt with them. The hospital wasn't prepared, we didn't have the equipment or the kits of medical team to protect themselves, and the team were not prepared.
>> The international chemical weapons watch dog says the nerve agency sarin was used in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, were up to 100 people died. One of the trainers has worked in conflict zones for more than two decades, he says Syria is the toughest.>> I can remember many situation, we as doctors, as surgeons, inside Syria when we see it, the severity of injuries, sometimes we cried.
Really we cried when we see such kind of injury.>> The Syrian government promised to give up their chemical weapons in 2013, and denies using banned toxins. The doctors will head back to Syria armed with 1,000 medical kits. They fear chemical attacks will happen again, and next time they want to be prepared.