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Jobar chemical attacks
Part of the Syrian civil war
Location Jobar, Damascus, Syria
Date April 2013
Deaths unknown

The Jobar chemical attacks were alleged chemical attacks in Jobar, Damascus, Syria, in April 2013, some of which were witnessed by a reporter and a photographer for the French newspaper Le Monde.[1][2][3] Le Monde reported that "in the second half of April, gas attacks became almost a strange kind of routine in Jobar",[1] with Free Syrian Army keeping gas masks to hand along with syringes with an antidote.[1] Further attacks were reported in May.[4]

Le Monde interviewed a doctor on 14 April at the Islamic hospital in Hammuriya; he said that earlier in the day he had given an attack victim 15 shots of atropine.[1] Le Monde saw "Injured fighters ... lying beside five medical workers who had been contaminated by contact with the affected men", and also saw the hospital's director affected after working alongside casualties for an hour.[1] Free Syrian Army fighters described the fifth attack on 18 April as involving a large cylinder (around 20 cm long) hitting the ground.[1] Le Monde said that "According to a well-informed Western source, the Syrian authorities have gone so far as to use mixtures of chemicals, notably with the addition of tear gas, to make it harder to identify the source of the symptoms."[1] One chemical weapons expert expressed doubt that the events described in Jobar could have involved sarin, saying that sarin victims would not have survived the lengthy journey to hospital described by the newspaper.[5]


French intelligence reported later in 2013 that samples from the Jobar attack in April had confirmed the use of sarin,[6][7] however, a U.N. fact-finding mission who investigated the alleged attack did not receive sufficient or credible information to support the allegation.[8]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 "Chemical warfare in Syria". Le Monde. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  2. Martin Chulov, Julian Borger (28 May 2013). "Syria medics treat hundreds of rebels for 'symptoms of chemical exposure'". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  3. Times of Israel, 7 April 2013, Rebels claim Assad used chemical weapons in Damascus attack
  4. Times of Israel, 18 May 2013, Syrian rebels: Dozens hurt in chemical weapons attack in Damascus
  5., 14 June 2013, Chemical weapons experts still skeptical about U.S. claim that Syria used sarin
  6. Kim Willsher. "Syria crisis: French intelligence dossier blames Assad for chemical attack". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  7. "Synthèse nationale de renseignement déclassifié: Programme chimique syrien - Cas d’emploi passés d’agents chimiques par le régime Attaque chimique conduite par le régime le 21 août 2013" (PDF). Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  8. "United Nations Mission on Investigate Allegations of the Use of Chemical Weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic". United Nations. 13 December 2013. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 

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