CHEMICAL WEAPONS Kill 16 People in Syria – Assad Regime Blamed
Sixteen people died today in Aleppo, Syria today after a chemical weapons attack.
Both sides, the regime and the opposition, blamed each other for the attack.
Three months ago a video showed chemical gas was used against civilians by the regime in Syria.
The BBC reported:
Syrian state media say rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad have fired a chemical weapon in the north of the country.
“Terrorists launched a missile containing chemical products into the region of Khan al-Assal in the province of Aleppo, killing 15 people, mainly civilians”, Sana news agency said.
The government routinely refers to rebels as “terrorists”.
Rebels denied the report, accusing the government of using chemical agents.
“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,” a senior rebel and spokesman for the Higher Military Council in Aleppo, Qassim Saadeddine, told Reuters news agency.
“Then suddenly we learned that the regime was turning these reports against us. The rebels were not behind this attack.”
On December 3, 2012, President Barack Obama warned Syria that the use of chemical weapons would be “totally unacceptable.” It was a red line not to be crossed.