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WHO: 500 Syrian patients show symptoms pointing to toxic weapons exposure

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A child is treated in a hospital in Douma, eastern Ghouta in Syria, after what a Syria medical relief group claims was a suspected chemical attack April, 7, 2018. Picture taken April 7, 2018. White Helmets/Handout via REUTERS

GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization said on Wednesday around 500 people had been treated for “signs and symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals” after a suspected poison gas attack in a Syrian rebel enclave just before it fell.

Hussam Edin Aala, Syrian ambassador to the U.N. in Geneva, rejected the WHO statement as containing “baseless allegations” and questioned its timing and the credibility of the United Nations health agency which has not been to Douma in eastern Ghouta. The incident had been “staged”, he added.

Syria has formally invited investigators from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) who would visit Douma “very soon”, Aala told reporters.

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