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Syria: Britain to send 5,000 chemical weapon protection hoods

London Telegraph [1]
July 16, 2013

The decision follows revelations that David Cameron has abandonned plans to equip secular-minded rebels with weaponry.

Mr Hague said the Government would also be sending “moderate” opposition forces nerve agent pre-treatment tablets and chemical weapons detector paper.

He said the chemical weapons hoods protected against Sarin attacks for up to 20 minutes. Those who wear them are able to move away from an affected area but cannot continue to fight, he said.

Meanwhile the tablets can give those under a chemical weapons attack the time to get to a medical centre to receive atropine, the drug needed to overcome Sarin.

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