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In Syria and Beyond, Protesters Make Sure the World Doesn’t Forget the Ghouta Chemical Massacre

In the early hours of August 21, 2013, residents of rebel-held Eastern and Western Ghouta in Syria, woke up to the news that rockets containing a nerve agent had hit their area. As the day wore on, the number of dead continued to rise, reaching into the hundreds. Estimates range anywhere from over 350 to over 800, while a preliminary US report claimed the attack had killed over 1,400 individuals.

A member of a media center in Zamalka described the strikes to Human Rights Watch at the time and the sensation he felt when the gas started affecting his body while he was rescuing people: