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Syrian govt and opposition accuse each other of ‘deadly chlorine attack’

Published time: April 13, 2014 03:35
Edited time: April 13, 2014 11:27
Still from YouTube video/Kafrzita

Still from YouTube video/Kafrzita

Syrian state channels say that Nusra Front radicals are behind a chemical attack that has killed two and injured more than 100 people in a village in central Syria, on Friday. The opposition insists the injuries were caused by government's bombardment.

State-run Syrian television blamed members of the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front for using chlorine gas in an attack on Syrian village that killed at least two people. It did not say how it confirmed chlorine was used. According to the report the Islamist group had planned two more chemical strikes on civilian targets.

Earlier on Saturday, videos showing a field hospital in Kfar Zeita – about 200 km north of Damascus and on the frontline of intense fighting – were uploaded by opposition activists. The pictures showed obviously weakened civilians, including small children, breathing through oxygen masks, as medical personnel attended to them.

"Regime planes bombed Kfar Zeita with explosive barrels that produced thick smoke and odours and led to cases of suffocation and poisoning," said Rami Abdel Rahman, from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an outside non-profit generally sympathetic to the opposition cause.

The statement was later confirmed by the Syrian National Coalition, which did not specify what substance was used, despite informal reports that the attackers used chlorine, an irritant that is particularly dangerous when inhaled.

Chlorine, a commonly manufactured chemical is used to purify water, but is deadly as a gas. No outside observers have reached Kfar Zeita so far.

Earlier in April, Syria's UN Ambassador Bashar Jaafari warned the Security Council that armed gangs in Syria were conspiring to stage a chemical attack in the Damascus suburbs in order to later lay the blame on the Bashar Assad’s government.

In August 2013, a chemical attack on a neighborhood in Ghouta left 1,400 civilians dead. The tragedy led to a Russian- brokered disarmament agreement that saw the Assad government give up its chemical weapons.

Comments (19)


Tornuggleman Tyto Alba Alba 13.04.2014 16:05

Once again we get reminded of islams very ugly face. What less intelligent and younger nowdays calls a religion. A movement that kills their own people ?
Is murdering, raping, molesting babys with sick surgery, calling for war (jihad), extinction of other people , worshiping a child-molester ... It is sickening .
This is NOT a "religigion&quo t; ! No more than the Asa - belief during viking-eras in scandinavia. A RELIGION is peaceful, against violence, no killing... That is why they should stay were they belong . Anywere they settle, it is allways suffering and violence ! They are a danger to the world ! FORBID ISLAM !


George Rizk 13.04.2014 15:56

As the world is discovering plots of false flag operation by Turkey, the CIA shipping arms to the jihadis, the Saudi and Qatari paying for charter plane loads of Islamists to Jordan to let them through the border, the US claims of Chemical weapon crisis, all and all is a continuous international campaign of devastation against the Syrians.

Wh at is the main reason for such barbaric act against this nation? For one thing Syria is self sufficient and does not take loans from the IMF? And, it is governed by civilized doctor? In the desert culture today only rag-heads are considered real Muslims.


Preterist1951 13.04.2014 14:08

10^666 that the al-CIAda "Syrian Rebels" did it. Anyone? :^)

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