Dozens of Syrians choked to death last night after a suspected chemical attack struck the rebel-held suburb of Douma, east of Damascus, and aid groups today (April 8, 2018) blamed President Bashar al-Assad's government for the assault, according to the NY Times website.
The attack after dusk last night sent a stream of patients with burning eyes and breathing problems to clinics, medical and rescue groups said.
The U.S. government said it was working to verify that chemical weapons had been used. A new, confirmed chemical attack in Syria would pose a dilemma for President Trump, who ordered military strikes on a Syrian airbase after a chemical attack last year to punish Assad, but has more recently said he wants to get the U.S. military out of Syria soon.
As a result of last night's attack, rescue workers in Syria reported finding at least 42 people dead in their homes from apparent suffocation.