March 19, 2013
Chemical weapons unleashed in Syria - but who unleashed them?
Both sides in the conflict are accusing the other of using a chemical weapon in a neighborhood outside of the city of Aleppo. A reporter interviewed by Reuters seems convinced that some kind of chemical device was employed: A Reuters photographer said victims he had visited in Aleppo hospitals were suffering breathing problems and that people had said they could smell chlorine after the attack. "I saw mostly women and children," said the photographer, who cannot be named for his own safety. "They said that people were suffocating in the streets and the air smelt strongly of chlorine." The photographer quoted victims he met at the University of Aleppo hospital and the al-Rajaa hospital as saying: "People were dying in the streets and in their houses." President Bashar al-Assad, battling a two-year-old uprising against his rule, is widely believed to have a chemical arsenal. Syrian officials have neither confirmed nor denied this, but have said that if it existed it would be...(Read Full Post)