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Part III Important Themes in Armed Conflicts in 2013, 3 Use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflicts and under international law

Stuart Casey-Maslen, Marina Mattirolo

From: The War Report: Armed Conflict in 2013

Edited By: Stuart Casey-Maslen

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved.date: 18 May 2022

Subject(s):
Weapons, chemical — Armed conflict — Customary international law
Gas! GAS! Quick, boys!—An ecstasy of fumbling, Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time; But someone still was yelling out and stumbling, And flound’ring like a man in fire or lime … Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light, As under a green sea, I saw him drowning. In all my dreams, before my helpless sight, He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning. Wilfred Owen, Dulce et Decorum Est, 1917A chemical weapon is ordinarily understood as a device that uses chemicals formulated to kill or harm human beings. Chemical weapons can be dispersed in gas,...
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