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Treating one of the victims of the April 4 attack
Geopolitics

In Syrian Hospital, No More Antidote For Chemical Victims

Syria Deeply talked Dr. Abdel Hay Tennari, who treated at least 22 critical victims from the April 4 toxic gas attack in Khan Sheikhoun.

After a suspected chemical attack earlier this week in the southeastern Syrian province of Idlib that killed dozens of civilians, Dr. Abdel Hay Tennari, an internal medicine specialist doing his residency on respiratory diseases at a field hospital supported by the Syrian-American Medical Society in Idlib, rushed to treat victims arriving at the Sarmin Field Hospital.

Speaking to Syria Deeply by phone, he said that the 22 critical patients he had treated so far all exhibited signs of exposure to a nerve agent. Their symptoms — foaming at the mouth and fluid filling the lungs, which can lead to suffocation — were consistent with the effects of Sarin gas. At least 74 people died in the alleged chemical attack, according to a document detailing the victims' names that was released by the Idlib Health Directorate. World leaders accused Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's government of carrying out the attack. However, Damascus issued a statement categorically denying that it used any form of poisonous gas in Khan Sheikhoun.

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