There are many different types of weapons, but why do chemical weapons raise a special concern? Well, any weapon that can cause mass destruction is bad. When it comes to Syria, deaths caused by chemical warfare are not significant compared to deaths caused by bullets and other weapons, but people from around the world still condemn those behind these particular attacks. For those unaware, chemical weapons have been banned for almost a century. They didn’t even play a major part in World War II.
These weapons are deemed inhumane, but it’s not surprising that many attacks have happened in Syria because the country is known for owning different types of chemical agents. Chlorine and nerve agents are widely reported as the weapons used the most in recent years. Nerve agents have some unique characteristics. They’re hard to detect because these agents are transparent and odorless. One wouldn’t notice it has entered his body until the symptoms appear, like chest pain, vomiting, and spasms. That’s just how deadly this weapon is.
Chlorine gas is also dangerous. This substance has been around since 1915. As opposed to nerve agents, this one has a strong odor. As for the color, it’s a bit yellow-greenish. When someone accidentally inhales the substance, it can cause irritation to the eyes and difficulty breathing. Without proper help, the victim could die within 30 minutes, but it also requires high concentration to take effect quickly.
In 2017, Syrian helicopters reportedly launched an attack which involved Sarin gas. This ended up killing dozens of people in Douma. Many sources said the gas was probably a mix of nerve agent and chlorine as hospital workers found that the odor was familiar. Many of remaining aircraft owned by Syria are kept in Russian airbases. The U.S. And some other European countries have tried to prevent another attack by destroying alleged Syrian chemical weapons facilities.