epa05507082 A picture made available on 22 August 2016 showing Abu Omar al-Ghoosh, a well known citizen of Zamalka who lost 17 of his relatives in the chemical attack, offering prayers for the souls of the victims of the chemical attack in Zamalka, outskirts of Damascus, Syria, 21 August 2016. On 21 August 2013 Ghouta was bombed by Sarin, a chemical agent that affects the nervous system and prohibited by the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) as a weapon of mass destruction. The number of casualties is unknown with most reports indicating an average of 1400 death. The bombing was condemed by the Arab League, the European Union, and the United States, with a UN investigation team reporting that the nature, quality, and quantity of agents used in the attack idicate that the perpetrators had access to the chemical weapons stockpile of the Syrian military, and the expertise to arm them. The Syrian government accepted a US-Russia negotiated deal to turn over its chemical weapons stockpiles for destruction, and declated its intention to join the CWC. EPA/MOHAMMED BADRA

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