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Thomas von der Osten-Sacken:Giftgaseinsatz in Homs
24. Dezember 2012, 16.01 Uhr:

Giftgaseinsatz in Homs

von Thomas von der Osten-Sacken

Laut Ynet wurde heute von der syrischen Armee Giftgas in Homs eingesetzt:

Seven people were killed in Homs’ rebel-held neighborhood of al-Bayyada when they inhaled poison gas sprayed by Syrian Army forces, opposition activists told Al-Jazeera on Monday.
Scores of others suffered from nausea, relaxed muscles, blurred vision, and breathing difficulties.
“Medics are saying it’s something similar to sarin gas,” said Raji Rahmet Rabbou, an activist in Homs.
In a video posted online, a man who inhaled the gas said, “I felt something within a few seconds. I felt my throat block up as I tried to breathe. I couldn’t see; I was blinded. I felt that my muscles were relaxed. I was paralyzed. People had to carry me here.”

Osen Hunter hat die Symptome der Betroffenen inzwischen analysiert und kommt zu folgendem vorläufigem Schluss:

No proper analysis can be made without toxicology reports, and makeshift battlefield hospitals in Syria lack the most rudimentary of emergency medical supplies, much less sophisticated labs. Moreover, characteristics (e.g., odor) and lethality of agents varies widely as a function of toxin concentration. With these caveats clearly in mind, we can make some estimates based on what we’ve seen and heard in Syria. (…)

The 7 confirmed dead suffered fairly rapid deaths – an estimated 12 to 24 hours after exposure. That is consistent with certain concentrations of Chlorine Gas and Cyanogen Chloride (CK) as an aerosol, perhaps less so with Phosgene Gas (CG), all
known to be agents in the Syrian arsenal. Assad also possesses Sarin and VX, but they usually kill within minutes, and reportedly the physician who treated the first victims apparently lost no one in the first few hours. (…)

While by no means certain and harkening back to caveats mentioned earlier, information on hand suggests that the chemical agent used to kill 7 in Homs, Syria, was likely Chlorine Gas, Cyanogen Chloride (CK) or Phosgene Gas (CG). This is a preliminary estimate that will likely change as more evidence comes in.


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