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  5/24/2013, Sivan 15, 5773

Syrian Opposition: Chemical Use and Burning of Fields


The Syrian Expatriates Organization (SEO) said, Friday morning that it was informed by physicians in the Damascus suburbs of Douma, Al-Adra and Eastern Ghouta that 50 cases of chemical weapons use were observed among people treated Thursday evening. Their symptoms included "seizures, shortness of breath, increased bronchial secretions and increased perspiration." An SEO statement sadi three people who were dead on arrival "had the pinpoint pupils, which contradicts what is normally seen in normal death," and "The cases are consistent with organic phosphorus exposure, which points to exposure to Sarin gas."

SEO cited "activists in several location across Syria" reporting that the Syrian forces loyal to the regime of President Bashar Al-Assad were deliberately burning agricultural crops by shelling farms and fields. SEO said normally, spring crop yields would help people in areas under heavy shelling and long siege.