Médecins Sans Frontières says hospitals it supports in Syria have reported treating 3,600 people suffering from “neurotoxic symptoms”.
According to the international aid group, three hospitals in eastern Damascus saw a flood of patients on Wednesday morning, after an attack on Ghouta on the eastern outskirts of the capital.
“If there is a massive arrival of patients within a short period of time, from the same location, with neurotoxic symptoms, with a lot of deaths – all this means that a serious neuro-toxic agent has been used in Damascus governate recently,” said Médecins Sans Frontières President Dr Mego Terzian.
Meanwhile, the rebels and Syrian government continue to accuse each other of using chemical weapons.
Members of the press were escorted by soldiers on a tour of tunnels in Jobar to see a cache of chemical agents. The weapons were discovered in the Damascus suburb by the army on Saturday and the government says they belong to rebels. State television reported that some soldiers needed medical treatment for suffocation after making the discovery.
UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane arrived in Damascus on Saturday, joining a team of UN experts on chemical weapons already there. Kane is expected to push for greater access to places where chemical weapons may have been used.