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Gas attacks in Ghouta

The inhabitants of Ghouta have experienced the gas attacks at least twice. The most serious one occurred on August 21, 2013, when the area was shelled by sarin-filled rockets. The exact number of victims is unknown. According to various estimates, it was between 281 to 1500 people. The event took place a year after the speech of President Barack Obama, who on August 20, 2012 warned the regime of Bashar al-Assad that the use of chemical weapons will equal crossing the “red line”. The gas attack was supposed to trigger a violent reaction of the United States which, ultimately, didn’t happen.