Syrian opposition: Prove Obama's words aren't empty

Clashes rage through Syrian city Hama; 7 killed, dozens injured; rebels call on White House to act on statements made by president supporting belief that Syrian President Bashar Assad has used chemical weapons.

April 26, 2013 06:58
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Syrian opposition fighter

Syrian opposition fighter. (photo credit: REUTERS/Ward Al-Keswani)

Syrian opposition forces have called on the US to back up top officials' assertions that the use of chemical weapons by Syrian President Bashar Assad would represent the crossing of a red line, Israel Radio reported on Friday.

US Republican Sen. John McCain voiced a general sentiment from US officials when he said, "the president of the United States said that if Bashar Assad used chemical weapons, it would be a game changer, that it would cross a red line."

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Rebel forces are hopeful that America will support the president's statements and has urged the international community to act to prove that the White House's assurance are not empty words.

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US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel used cautious words yesterday when he said the US intel community does believe sarin gas has been used by Assad, but on a small scale.

There were heated clashes on Thursday as rebels renewed an attack on Hama, a central Syrian city, leaving at least seven dead and many injured.

Herb Keinon and Reuters contributed to this report.

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