Syrian opposition - new poison gas attack

2013-12-05 23:02

Amman - Opposition activists again accused President Bashar al-Assad's forces of using poison gas in Syria's civil war on Thursday, and said victims had been discovered with swollen limbs and foaming at the mouth.

The activists told Reuters two shells loaded with gas hit a rebel-held area in the town of Nabak, 68km northeast of Damascus, on a major highway in the Qalamoun region. They reported seven casualties.

Separately, the Syrian Revolution Coordinators Union also accused Assad's forces of using poison gas.

"We have documented nine casualties from poison gas used by the regime in neighbourhoods of Nabak," it said on its Facebook page.

A nerve gas attack killed hundreds of people in rebel-held neighbourhoods on the edge of Damascus on 21 August. Each side blamed the other.

Assad subsequently agreed to give up his chemical weapons arsenal under a deal struck between Moscow and Washington that averted a US attack on Damascus, and international inspectors have begun work on dismantling Syria's chemical weapons facilities.

Opposition groups have accused Assad's forces of using chemical weapons several times before and since the 21 August incident.

Reuters cannot verify reports in Syria due to reporting restrictions. It was not clear what kind of gas, if any, might have been used in Nabak and there was no immediate comment from Syrian authorities.

"Seven men are reported ill so far. They have swollen limbs and foam coming out of their mouths," said an activist calling himself Amer al-Qalamouni.

"No doctors have got to them yet because Nabak is under ferocious bombardment and there are very few medical staff left."

Amir Kazk, another activist in Nabak, said the two shells were part of a heavy barrage that hit the Tariq al-Mashfa district near the centre of the town. The source of the fire, he added, appeared to be an army barracks on a hill in the nearby Deir Attiya area.

Video footage posted on YouTube by activists showed a man who said he had seen white smoke from the shelling, inhaled it and then passed out. Reuters cannot confirm its authenticity.

Syrian forces have used a range of weapons in the civil war, including cluster bombs, incendiary bombs and improvised explosives. Rebels have also made their own weaponry.

  • Hosni Mubar - 2013-12-05 23:46

    Tragic, but not surprising with the Assads and Putin involved.

      Sheldon Matthys - 2013-12-06 04:58

      Tragic, but not surprising with Al Quida and Al Nusra supporting the so called rebels.

      Graziella Uncensored - 2013-12-06 07:44

      Sock puppetry alert!!

      Raymon McNelly - 2013-12-06 09:41

      Hosni ID10T again ..

  • Tshembani T Mhlengwe Mabasa - 2013-12-06 00:44

    how stupid do they think assad is? the guy is winning how can he use it knowing USA will bomb him if he do so

      Alina Goosen - 2013-12-06 13:28

      It will take far more than this for the USA to "bomb" him since Russia is involved.

  • Justin Pretorius - 2013-12-06 07:34

    Doubt it. More false flags from an opposition getting their asses whipped by Hezbollah and Syrian forces. Desperate measures by desperate people! The UN heard evidence contradictory to the last attack which embarrassed the US as they are desperate to destabilize the Middle East

  • Graziella Uncensored - 2013-12-06 07:43

    Like the kid who cried wolf when there was no wolf present, only to be eaten when his tactic roused no action from his listeners, I can only hope that, at some point in time, this tactic by these terrorists will be seen as the desperation that it is.

  • Willy Nilly - 2013-12-06 10:35

    Who supplied the freedom terrorist with these chemicals which side has more to loose and which side has everything to gain the scum of the Islamic world is joining in the killing

  • Raymon McNelly - 2013-12-06 11:53

    Here we go again ...what's next? Liar Kerry getting all worked up and Obama back with the red-line BS. They couldn't fool the intelligent people among us the previous round, what makes them think they can fool us now? The parties with something to gain from an invasion of Syria is the U.S, the Saudi's, Turkey, Israel and the terrorist "rebels". Look for your culprit there ... My money is on a CIA/Saudi joint operation (if this chemical attack even happened ...) examine the sources....

      OrbitingTeapot - 2013-12-06 23:06

      Exactly Raymond. This is the same trick as the last "chemical attack". This reeks of CIA/Saudi involvement again.

  • OrbitingTeapot - 2013-12-06 23:10

    This report is such a propaganda piece brought to you by Shaam News Network and punted by AFP. SNN founded and funded by shadowy US department of information, a propaganda branch of the CIA.

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