3,600 Syrians showed 'neurotoxic symptoms', 355 of them died: Doctors Without Borders
PARIS (AFP) - Around 3,600 patients displaying “neurotoxic symptoms” flooded into three Syrian hospitals on the day of the alleged chemical weapons attacks, and 355 of them died, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said on Saturday.
The victims all arrived within less than three hours of each other, and MSF director of operations Bart Janssens said the pattern of events and the reported symptoms “strongly indicate mass exposure to a neurotoxic agent”.
“Medical staff working in these facilities provided detailed information to MSF doctors regarding large numbers of patients arriving with symptoms including convulsions, excess saliva, pinpoint pupils, blurred vision and respiratory distress,” he said.
The statement follows allegations that as many as 1,300 people were killed in massive chemical attacks near Damascus on Wednesday that opposition groups say was carried out by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.