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Poison Gas Attack Reported in Central Syria

FILE - This Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 citizen journalism file image shows a member of UN investigation team taking samples of sands near a part of a missile that is likely to contain chemicals, according to activists, in Damascus countryside of Ain Terma, Syria.FILE - This Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 citizen journalism file image shows a member of UN investigation team taking samples of sands near a part of a missile that is likely to contain chemicals, according to activists, in Damascus countryside of Ain Terma, Syria.
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FILE - This Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 citizen journalism file image shows a member of UN investigation team taking samples of sands near a part of a missile that is likely to contain chemicals, according to activists, in Damascus countryside of Ain Terma, Syria.
FILE - This Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 citizen journalism file image shows a member of UN investigation team taking samples of sands near a part of a missile that is likely to contain chemicals, according to activists, in Damascus countryside of Ain Terma, Syria.
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The Syrian government, rebel forces and a rights group say poison gas has injured several people in a central village. The government and rebels are blaming each other for the incident.

The Syrian National Coalition and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Saturday that government air raids resulted in dozens of injuries and a gas release on Friday in the village of Kfar Zeita.

State-run Syrian television on Saturday blamed members of the al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front for using chlorine gas at Kfar Zeita, which it says killed two people.

Neither claim has been independently verified.

The report comes after a chemical attack near the capital, Damascus, killed hundreds of people in August. The U.S. and its allies blamed the Syrian government for that attack, but Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government accused rebels of staging the incident. The attack led to Syria agreeing to turn over its chemical weapons stockpile for destruction after threats of U.S. military action.

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by: ali baba from: new york
April 12, 2014 3:27 PM
business as usual


by: Anonymous
April 12, 2014 1:51 PM
Crazy, I read that assad was dropping it from his helicopters in barrel bombs.

When is the world going to capture assad and serve him his long awaited justice for murdering many many many tens of thousands of innocent unarmed men, women and children?

What a disgrace.


by: MUSTAFA from: INDIA
April 12, 2014 12:57 PM
I request all the sponsors of this tragedy,do not send weapons to terrorist. These terrorist are not human beings,they fell pleasure with pain,tears,cry by innocent peoples. These sponsors of terrorism are living lavish life in complete A/C,full security and FULL entertainment for their daily life.These sponsors do not have time to read painful stories of poor Syrian. I been to Syria for some business trips before this created war, I saw powerty and peoples force to live below standard life.Now just imagine life without water,electricity,shelter,security,education and business.These Power ful Sponsors must think for a while that SOME BODY is watching and recording our daily activities in detail report which no body can deny. We are King or President in this world but after death we will become beggars if there is no good deed with us.

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by: Anonymous
April 13, 2014 3:14 AM
Who are you kidding? Assad is the biggest terrorist of them all, he killed the most women and children indiscriminately shelling and bombarding in Syria for over 3 years. Dropping bombs in civilian areas, especially opposition areas to try and make people like him, it doesn't work like that... He has murdered more Syrians than anyone, and uses terror as his tactics. He has also held hands while doing so with Hezbolah, a known and labeled terrorist group. It is a disgrace what he has done, even using gas on the people of Syria. He will have to face justice for every Syrian civilian he has murdered. assad has also plunged the country backwards 30 years. He is using the army (what little is left of it) to try and protect himself from prosecution, that is their only job now, and try and protect his seat. But the world has news for him, he already lost the war by the atrocities and crimes he has committed. Assad will never run a country again and will have to face justice in the end regardless. You can't murder that many civilians and get away with it, this is 2014. Assad will have nowhere to hide soon.

The opposition is doing anything they can to disable bashar al assad for his murder and destruction spree, and make assad face justice for his crimes.

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