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>> The world's chemical weapons watchdog has opened an investigation into attacks in eastern Ghouta to determine whether banned chemical weapons had been used. Diplomatic sources exclusively telling Reuters that the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, or OPCW, will examine the attacks. Including one on Sunday, which health authorities said caused symptoms consistent with exposure to chlorine gas.
This video from the Syrian American Medical Society claims to show victims being treated, struggling to breathe. One child died of suffocation. The Syrian government consistently denies using such weapons, but a recent UN inquiry has found the regime guilty of using chlorine gas in other attacks in Syria. Political leaders in France, the US and the UK said this month, they would back targeted military action against Damascus if they prove that chemical weapons had been used by President Bashar al-Assad's forces.
>> We will not cease in our efforts to know the truth of the Assad regime. And ensure that the truth is known and acted on by the international community.>> Back in April 2017 when it was determined that Sarin nerve gas had been used on civilians, President Trump ordered a US military strike on a Syrian airbase with 59 Tomahawk missiles.
>> The vicious slaughter of innocent civilians with chemical weapons including the barbaric killing of small, and helpless children and babies must be forcefully rejected by any nation that values human life.>> A confidential UN report also claims that North Korea has been shipping supplies to the Syrian government that could be used in the production of chemical weapons.