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September 10, 2013

Syria: Government Likely Culprit in Chemical Attack

Available evidence strongly suggests that Syrian government forces were responsible for chemical weapons attacks on two Damascus suburbs on August 21, 2013. These attacks, which killed hundreds of civilians including many children, appeared to use a weapons-grade nerve agent, most likely Sarin.

Syria: Alleged Chemical Weapons Attacks

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Map of Chemcial Weapon Impact

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Map of Chemical Rocket Impact Locations in Zamalka Neighborhood

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Diagram of 330 MM Chemical Rocket

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144 MM Rocket Diagram

A declassified reference drawing from Ordata of the Soviet-produced 140mm rocket, which can carry a warhead containing 2.2 kg of Sarin.

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Rocket debris and symptoms of the victims from the August 21 attacks on Ghouta provide telltale evidence about the weapon systems used

- Peter Bouckaert, emergencies director at Human Rights Watch and author of the report.

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