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"At first, there is only a little sound, a metallic ping, almost a click....We thought it was a mortar that didn't explode, and no one really paid attention to it...it was like 'a Pepsi can that falls to the ground'. No odour, no smoke, not even a whistle to indicate the release of a toxic gas.
And then the symptoms appear. The men cough violently. Their eyes burn, their pupils shrink, their vision blurs.
Soon they experience difficulty breathing, sometimes in the extreme; they begin to vomit or lose consciousness.
The fighters worst affected need to be evacuated before they suffocate."