Syrian civilians suffered 336 chemical weapons attacks: Study

At least 336 chemical weapons attacks were used over the course of Syrian civil war that left hundreds of thousands of people dead in the country, reveals a new study.

Authors of the study, Tobias Schneider and Theresa Lutkefend of the Berlin-based Global Public Policy Institute, writes the new figure is higher than what was earlier known and it is suspected the real number will be significantly higher than revealed.

The researchers reviewed available information since 2012 and collected evidence from Syrian and international non-governmental organizations, local administrative bodies, private firms, monitoring groups, local and international media, relevant international bodies and open source.

The authors added regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad carried out 98 percent of the chemical weapons attacks that included dropping sarin, sulfur mustard gas and chlorine gas on the innocent civilians.

The study adds, “It is clear that the Syrian military has consistently prioritized striking population centers over rebel positions on the frontlines, even in the face of defeat on the ground.”

In August 2013 more than 1,400 people were left dead in a sarin attack outside Damascus.

President Barack Obama then said to be taking military action but later entered into talks with Russia and formed a resolution calling the country to get rid of chemical weapons.

About a year later it was announced all the chemical weapons had been destroyed, but chlorine was not included in the deal considering its peaceful usage from cleaning products to water purification.

Paul Linus