‘Red line’ Suffocating in the streets: Chemical weapons attack reported in Syria

Residents and medics transport a wounded Syrian army soldier to hospital Tuesday after heavy fighting in Aleppo province during which both rebels and government forces said a chemical weapon was used.
March 19, 2013 DAMASCUSSyria’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. Terrorists fired a rocket containing chemical substances in the Khan al-Assal area of rural Aleppo,” SANA said. 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. U.S. President Barack Obama, who has resisted overt military intervention in Syria’s civil war, has warned Assad that any use of chemical weapons would be a “red line.” A spokeswoman for Britain’s Foreign Office said it was aware of the reports, adding that the use of chemical weapons, if proven, would “demand a serious response from the international community and force us to revisit our approach so far.” Syria’s Information Minister Omran al-Zoabi put the death toll at 16 and said 86 people were wounded, most of them critically. In a televised news conference, he said the country’s armed forces would never use internationally banned weapons. “Syria’s army leadership has stressed this before and we say it again, if we had chemical weapons we would never use them due to moral, humanitarian and political reasons,” Zoabi said. However, a Syrian rebel commander denied the reports, insisting the government had fired the rocket during intense fighting in the area. “We were hearing reports from early this morning about a regime attack on Khan al-Assal, and we believe they fired a Scud with chemical agents,” Qassim Saadeddine, a senior rebel and spokesman for the Higher Military Council in Aleppo, said. “Then suddenly we learned that the regime was turning these reports against us. The rebels were not behind this attack,” he added. The Reuters photographer, who visited the University of Aleppo hospital and the al-Rajaa hospital in Aleppo city, said he saw patients who were suffering from breathing problems. “I saw mostly women and children,” he said. “They said that people were suffocating in the streets and the air smelt strongly of chlorine. People were dying in the streets and in their houses,” he added. Syrian state TV aired footage of what it said were casualties of the attack arriving at one hospital in Aleppo. Men, women and children were rushed inside on stretchers as doctors inserted medical drips into their arms and oxygen tubes into their mouths. None had visible wounds to their bodies, but some interviewed said they had trouble breathing. Three boys lay on the floor beside each other with drips in their arms. One man was taken from an ambulance wearing combat trousers. An unidentified doctor interviewed on the channel said the attack was either “phosphorus or poison.” –MSNBC
                                                                            AP: December 2012
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8 Responses to ‘Red line’ Suffocating in the streets: Chemical weapons attack reported in Syria

  1. S.J. says:

    Very sad…”Someone” apparently used a chemical weapon – which combatant did so is the question. However, don’t expect any intervention in this conflict until such time that they are employed against Israel or Jordan. I think the “Powers that be” have no problem with sitting back and watching the slaughter continue – as long as it stays in Syria… Pretty sad state of affairs, and a glaring example of the evil running rampant in the world right now.


  2. niebo says:

    While any modern arsenal has more lethal chemical weapons than chlorine gas, chlorine is an effective and irritating choking agent that (if it does not kill you) can do permanent damage to the lungs. I hope this is not a “gateway” chemical attack, one that leads to more and worse, more killing, more killed, more chaos, more intervention. . .more of a lovely debacle mess



  3. Dennis E. says:

    I would need more evidence.
    Saddam used chemical weapons on the kurds but I don’t recall an international intervention and no
    Desert Storm was to drive out the Iraqis from Kuwait (Oil) and no the 2003 invasion action was not for WMD’s because they were moved to Syria before prior to the invasion because the invasion was to remove a leader who resisted the New World Order that was publicly birth By Bush I after Desert Storm.
    It has been reported that 60,000 plus have died in this civil war so far. I think a red line was crossed a long time ago but I think this administration is full of hot air.
    Also, before the 2003 action in Iraq, the UN security council voted 50 to 0 for the action, now you have Russia and Iran supporting Syria’s troubled Goverment.

    By the way, it is being reported that some chemical weapons have been moved from Syria to a well known terrorist organization in Lebanon.

    Some may disagree with my position but it takes nothing away from the valor of US Combat and Support personnel who have performed most gallantly…………to include our Allies


    • Irene C says:

      Good thought Dennis E. I had to read your comment a couple of time, but you might just have something there. I didn’t think about a lot of what was going on with Desert Storm. I wasn’t as knowledgeable about the behind the scenes mechanisms back then as I am now. Now we just have to see what this current administration does. President Obama said that chemical weapons would cross a red line. Will he hold to it or back away? I know from the prophecy in Isaiah 17 that Damascus will be destroyed, but we just don’t know when.


  4. Rhonda says:

    Isaiah 17:1 “Behold Damascus will cease to be a city and shall be as a ruinous heap.” Assad might decide to destroy his own city if he thinks his regime will be overthrown. Israel and America may not have to fire one missile..


    • Chris says:

      Yes Damascus being destroyed is the next prophetic event. Next will be America burning. I believe that mystery Babylon in Revelation 15/16 is America. There is no way that its the Vatican. America won’t have a role to play in end times because it wont exist.


  5. Sue says:

    For whatever it is worth, I agree with you Christ about the USofA being mystery Babylon. We have caused the whole world to get drunk on our wine (capitalism – worship of the god of mammon (money)), and our destruction comes quickly. We undeniably have become a home for demons and a stronghold for every kind of foul spirit and for every kind of foul and hateful bird, with the Bohemian Grove, whatever the Denver airport is all about, the UN in New York, etc., all under the guise of freedom and righteousness to people who were made ‘proud’ before our fall. Yep, everything is just as it should be and the righteous judge is drawing nigh and it is all in His hands.


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