Toxics 2014, 2(3), 391-402; doi:10.3390/toxics2030391

The Use of Chemical Weapons in the Syrian Conflict

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Received: 23 June 2014; in revised form: 2 July 2014 / Accepted: 14 July 2014 / Published: 30 July 2014
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Abstract: This paper aims at explaining the lessons learned from the chemical attacks that took place in 2013 in the Syrian military conflict, especially the sarin attacks on the Ghouta area of Damascus on August 21. Despite the limitations the UN Mission found while investigating the use of chemical weapons (CW) in Syria, some interesting conclusions for the scientific and medical community can be obtained from its reports. These include the advantages of the Chemical Weapons Convention procedure for the investigation of alleged CW use, when compared with the United Nations mechanism for similar investigations, the difficulties of differential diagnosis based only on clinical signs and symptoms and the impact of secondary contamination when responding to a CW attack.
Keywords: Syria; chemical weapons; Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons; sarin; weapons of mass destruction
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Pita, R.; Domingo, J. The Use of Chemical Weapons in the Syrian Conflict. Toxics 2014, 2, 391-402.

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Pita R, Domingo J. The Use of Chemical Weapons in the Syrian Conflict. Toxics. 2014; 2(3):391-402.

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Pita, René; Domingo, Juan. 2014. "The Use of Chemical Weapons in the Syrian Conflict." Toxics 2, no. 3: 391-402.

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