Suffocating in the streets’: Chemical weapons attack reported in Syria

Posted by on Mar 19, 2013 at 9:32 am

Syria’s government and rebels accused each other of launching a deadly chemical attack near the northern city of Aleppo on Tuesday in what would, if confirmed, be the first use of such weapons in the two-year-old conflict.

Syria’s state news agency SANA said the rebels had launched a missile, while the rebels said the government had fired a long-range missile with “chemical agents.”

A Reuters photographer visited two hospitals and saw people with breathing problems, who told him that they saw people dying in the streets and that the air smelled strongly of chlorine.

“Terrorists fired a rocket containing chemical substances in the Khan al-Assal area of rural Aleppo,” SANA said.

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2 Responses to “Suffocating in the streets’: Chemical weapons attack reported in Syria”

  1. Blue Hen on 19/19/13 at 10:53 am

    We knew that the Syrian regime had chemical weapons. Where in Hell did rebels get them, if this is true? I doubt that they can make them, or either they seized them, or they’re being supplied with them.

  2. MT Geoff on 19/19/13 at 2:47 pm

    This is a story to handle with caution. First question is still whether a chemical attack occurred at all. If it did, it does seem far more likely that the government’s forces had access to the weapons than that the rebels did — but the rebels have Iranian backing and the Iranians have used chemical weapons.
    It remains a valid question: do some of Syria’s weapons have “Made in Baghdad” on them?