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Activists accuse Syrian forces of using "poisonous gases" in Damascus countryside

English.news.cn   2013-08-21 16:43:31            

DAMASCUS, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- Syrian opposition activists on Wednesday posted online videos of dead people who they claimed were "victims of the regime chemical attack," accusing the army of using "poisonous gases" in Damascus' countryside overnight.

The report, the first of its kind in activist coverage, showed bodies tossed on the ground in the eastern Gouta and the western Muadamieh suburbs of the Syrian capital.

The accusation came amid a UN mission here to investigate possible use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict. The probe was requested by the Syrian government, who accused the Western- backed rebels of using sarin agent in the northern town of Khan al- Asal.

The Syrian government welcomed the arrival of the UN inspectors on Sunday, pledging to cooperate with them and facilitate their work.

Syria is fulfilling "what we have agreed on with the international mission," Syrian Prime Minister Wael Al-Halqi said. "Our colleagues in the foreign ministry have prepared all the procedures in order to make their work a success."

The prime minister also accused Turkey of providing armed rebels with chemical weapons that were used in Khan al-Asal, near the northern restive city of Aleppo.

The United States and several European countries have expressed fears that Syria's chemical weapons may "fall into the wrong hands " if the Syrian administration falls.

Israel also has said it had intervention plans to secure the arsenals in case of a "regime collapse" in Syria

While Washington warns the Syrian forces' use of chemical weapons would be "a red line," the violation of which would trigger military intervention, Damascus repeatedly stressed "even if we had such weapons, we would not use them," and alleged the rebels might use chemical bombs against civilians to frame the government.

 

Editor: Yang Yi
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