'Syrian rebels claim Assad chemical weapons use'

According to Al-Arabiya report, opposition claims chemical weapons used in Damascus and another town.

May 18, 2013 12:24
A fighter from the Free Syrian Army wears a gas mask in January 2013.

Syrian free army gas mask370. (photo credit: REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic)

The Syrian opposition claimed on Saturday that the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons in Damascus and in the northern Syrian city of Saraqeb, Israel Radio reported quoting Saudi owned Al-Arabiya news network.

Al-Arabiya reported that the dozens of people wounded in the attacks were suffering from breathing difficulties, the radio said.  

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The Syrian opposition claimed in March that Assad forces fired what they said were chemical weapons from multiple rocket launchers at rebels surrounding an army base in the town of Adra on the outskirts of Damascus, killing two fighters and wounding 23.

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"Doctors are describing the chemical weapon used as phosphorus that hits the nervous system and causes imbalance and loss of consciousness. The two fighters were very close to where the rockets exploded and they died swiftly. The rest are being treated with Atropine," Mohammad al-Doumani, an activist in the nearby town of Douma said in March.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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