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Additional UAH Chemical Attacks In Yemen
UAR Chemical Attacks in Yemen Reported:
AR chemical attackebruary in
the agent as having the smell of oranges, and causing coughing, constriction of tbe throat and chest, dizziness, and some skin irritation. The attack occurred at Bayt al-Suraym, between Sana and Hodelda. Other attacks, as yet not confirmed,took place at Mikhlaf Bani Salam, Uikhlaf Bani Salab, and Beni Salama on,ebruary respectively. In each of these latter actions,oersons and animals are said to have died. Beni Salama is aboutiles south of Sana. |"
Comment; The description of the effects caused by the agent used inebruary attack supports belief that this action occurred, although it is not otherwise confirmed. The agent used seems to have been phosgene, the same chemicalto have been employed by the UARanuary attack on al-Kitaf that caused deaths reportedly numbering up. The reports of the latter three attacks may referingle action, Judging by similarities of the location names and of the numbers said to have been killed in each. UAR belief in this weapon system as an effective way to counter the Royalist forces in this difficult terrain is shown, even in the face of Saudi Arabian protests. Use of highly volatile phosgene,reduces the risk of an outside agency being able to identify UAR useoxic from contaminated ground or from munition fragments.