Skip to comments.Gas used in Homs leaves seven people dead and scores affected, activists say
Posted on 12/24/2012 7:50:46 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
Seven people have died in Homs after they inhaled a "poisonous gas" used by government forces in a rebel-held neighbourhood, activists said.
Activists also told Al Jazeera on Sunday night that scores of others were affected in al-Bayyada neighbourhood. Side effects reported include nausea, relaxed muscles, blurred vision, and breathing difficulties.
Residents said they did not know the nature of the gas used.
"The situation is very difficult. We do not have enough facemasks. We don't know what this gas is but medics are saying it's something similar to Sarin gas," Raji Rahmet Rabbou, an activist in Homs, told Al Jazeera.
A doctor treating patients subsequently said the gas seemed to be a concentrated form of tear gas that has not been used in Homs before. Inhaling large amounts can lead to suffocation and death, he said.
The gas appears to have been used during a battle with rebel fighters.
We received the following videos from a field clinic in the city:
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‘Stop! Or I’ll yell ‘stop’ again!’ -Obama
That Wired link has a very GRAPHIC video of the patient suffering and gasping .....
But - But - The Won said this would be a “red line” that Syria better not cross - didnt they take him seriously?
Arab media and opposition activists reported Monday that Bashar Assad's regime has used chemical weapons for the first time since fighting began in Syria.
According to an Al-Jazeera report, activists in the Al-Bayada neighborhood in Homs, which is under rebel control, claimed they have been targeted with gas by government forces. The opposition said in a separate statement that jet fighters dropped bombs containing 'poisonous material' on Homs.
According to the reports, six or seven people were killed in the attack and dozens wounded. A video posted by Al-Jazeera shows a man being treated with a respirator after allegedly being wounded by nerve gas.
Residents reported those wounded suffered from nausea, delirium and breathing difficulties, but said they do not know what type of gas was used. The opposition also claimed that four people were left blind and four other paralyzed. "The situation is very bad," one of the rebels told Al-Jazeera. "We don't have enough gas masks, we do not know what gas this is, but doctors say it resembles sarin."
In the past few weeks, the U.S. and other Western countries have claimed that intelligence reports appear to show Assad's regime moving chemical weapons and preparing them for use as the regime gradually loses control over the country. The West has warned Assad that use of chemical weapons would constitute a "red line" and would have international ramifications. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned of U.S. action in such a scenario.
Last week, Russia's foreign minister said the Syrian government has consolidated its chemical weapons in one or two locations amid a rebel onslaught.
Sergey Lavrov says Russia, which has military advisers training Syria's military, has kept close watch over its chemical arsenal. He said the Syrian government has moved them from many arsenals to just "one or two centers" to properly safeguard them.
It just doesn’t make sense to me.
I am not saying it didn’t happen, just that it doesn’t make sense.
If you are going to set yourself up for an accusation of using gas, why would you use it in such a limited way.
If this was military gas certainly the shell would have held mush more gas than this.
I am often wrong but it appears to me that the people using the gas were the rebals and they are using it to bring other coun tires into this fight with Assad. It looks like a frame up to me.
I cannot speak for Assad, it would seem to me that if he were going to take the rap for using gas he would use it to wipe clean the whole mess of them.
The video could be a lot of things besides what they say are Doctor treating gas victims.
Merry Christmas to you and yours.
And Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!
Ya don’t say!!
Not sure we can trust Al Jazeera to report this. The emir of Qatar owns Al Jazeera and he also has been providing support to the Salafist Jihadis fighting against Assad in Syria...
I’m no expert but that video doesn’t seem to show a victim of Sarin. I have seen guys in worse shape coming out of the “gas chamber” in the Marine Corps from CS Tear Gas.
What better way to get outside intervention than stage a Chemical gas attach by the Gov. Al Qaeda gets the USA to do their dirty work, take out Assad, while they take over the country. Could be wrong, maybe not.
CS causes nausea and difficulty breathing too. I know first-hand!
What a shame. Muslims really need to stop fighting each other and everybody else. We don’t need to get involved. The only country in the ME to protect is Israel. Case closed.
I am equally skeptical. Our history with Serbia and false war crimes charges is instructive.
And with the won vacationing in Hawaii and the SoS hiding at home probably enjoying the sauce. :)
Make no mistake, This administration is Hell bent on installing another Islamist regime in the Middle East. The King of Jordan should be sweating right now.
O’Bumbler will give arms and air support to the Rebels in Syria in order to topple Assad, he is simply looking for the chance.
At first it will look like a victory for self rule. It will then degenerate into another nightmare like Libya, Egypt and Iran. Jimmy Carter writ large, without the intelligence and personality!
Let Europe fight the Russians instead of having million man marches about how evil the US is.
Russians and Chinese claim Syria has all its WMD under control and safe.
Iran claimed a report from Syria stated that 7 Syrian military professionals were attacked by gas from rebels.
Israel claimed Syria has all its WMD under control.
Rebels claim Syrian gas attack in Homs.
So this is how WWIII breaks out ?
Well, when you want the truth from the media about US troops in today's post modern apocalyptic world, you have to go to Cuba, of all places, to learn what the Germans know.
there have been tons of claims by the rebels that in spite of many other claims have provem to be umverified and without facts that anyone has been able to verify
American public needs to be converned about the use of false claims about Assad and WMD use as excuses for deeper U.S. intervention
intervention that will be, no matter how bad Assad is, in the interest of the MB in Syria and their radical Wahabi-Sunni backers, not in our interest
Just proven. They used Agent 15 or 3-Quinuclidinyl Benzilate. NATO calls it "BZ".
The Russians however are sticking to their story.
FYI - The Syrians also have claimed that the Rebels used gas this weekend. And in case someone does not know where this is all headed.
Either way, this is the first time in history that chemical weapons could end up beyond the control of a strong military or leader.
If the timeline of news reports reflects reality, then the rebels first used a yellow gas on Syrian troops and killed about 7-8 of them. At that point, Assad and the Russians realized that even reporting that fact could justify either Western Invasion or Israeli attacks on the WMD stores.
So the Russians and Chinese decided to report that Assad has full control of all his WMD. In other words, it was not Assad's WMD's used in the attack on Syrian troops. When the Israeli's read this, they concur with the Rus/Chicoms, for some undetermined reason. Any ideas why ?
So then we get word that the Syrian counter attack at Homs used a concentrated tear gas, borderline WMD. So the Syrians are dishing up some payback with borderline WMD material.
In the meantime, Emperor Zero is out body surfing at the luau.
I could not care LESS about what these animals do to each other.
Then we have the opinion of this former British Army General. The Kobayashi Maru scenario.