Rebels used chemical weapons in Damascus: Syria government
AFPDAMASCUS--Syria's government said Saturday that rebel fighters used chemical weapons in a northeastern district of the capital, countering charges by insurgents that the regime was behind the alleged attacks.
August 25, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
“An army unit is surrounding a sector of Jobar where terrorists used chemical weapons,” said the state broadcaster, adding that soldiers who tried to enter the neighborhood had “suffocated.”
Rebel-held Jobar on the outskirts of Damascus has been under army bombardment and air strikes for several months.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the government carried out four air raids on Saturday on areas near Jabar, where soldiers and rebels fighters were locked in fierce clashes.
The state broadcaster also said that Saudi Arabia and Qatar, which both openly support the 29-month-old revolt against President Bashar al-Assad, had supplied rebels with gas masks and medication.
In a sweep of Jabar, “the army found barrels marked 'made in Saudi Arabia' and gas masks,” a correspondent for the channel reported, adding that medicine for poison gas inhalation was also found, with the brand of a German-Qatari firm.