Syria: Deadly gas wipes out pets, livestock

2013-08-23 12:57
Dead sheep laying on the ground in eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of Damascus. (File, AFP)

Dead sheep laying on the ground in eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of Damascus. (File, AFP)

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Cape Town – The alleged nerve gas attack which reportedly killed over 1300 people in a Damascus suburb has wiped out scores of pets and livestock which Syrian rebel fighters have piled alongside streets.

Daily Mail has published photographs which show piles of dead animals including cats, dogs, sheep, and goats apparently killed where they stood by the same gas allegedly used to massacre the area’s men, women and children.

Rebel fighters are gathering the animals as part of evidence to determine what happened in the Damascus suburbs of Ain Tarma, Zamalka, and Jobar before dawn on Wednesday.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has decried the attack as a probable “crime against humanity”, AFP reports, and added that there was “no time to lose” in the investigation.

"Any use of chemical weapons anywhere, by anybody, under any circumstances, would violate international law," Ban said. "Such a crime against humanity should result in serious consequences for the perpetrator."

"I can think of no good reason why any party - either government or opposition forces - would decline this opportunity to get to the truth of the matter."

Chemical weapons inspectors are currently waiting for permission to drive up the road to the site, a loss of time which decreases the likelihood of finding the cause.
Read more on:    un  |  ban ki-moon  |  syria  |  syria conflict

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