Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi established that Syria had chemical weapons, stating that the ammunitions would never be used against the Syrian people, but only against “external aggression.” which caused a controversy for Syrian leaders when it was revealed that
the Syrian government forces were accused of using chemical weapons against rebel-held suburbs outside the capital of Damascus. More than 1,400 people were estimated to have suffocated to death in Ghouta, with many suffering symptoms such as convulsions, constricted pupils, foaming at the nose and mouth and rapid heartbeats. Part II- UN Involvement Along with the diverse parties of opposing forces in Syria, the UN Security-Council is struggling to find a result to end the violence within the country while reaching an agreement on a draft resolution intended to pressure Syria to end its months-long strike on anti-government demonstrators. The UN has tried to create a resolution which would have called for an investigation regarding a Syrian chemical weapon attack. However out of the fifteen Security council members, nine members supported the resolution, three - China, Russia and Bolivia - voted against it, and the final three members - Egypt, Kazakhstan and Ethiopia - abstained.
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