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article imageSyrian regime alleged to still be using chemical weapons

By Paul Iddon     Apr 20, 2014 in Politics
France claims it has "information" which indicates that the Assad government is continuing to use chemical weapons against rebel groups in Syria. Apparently they have carried out nine such attacks in the past two months.
As The Guardian informs us the French president François Hollande has said that his country has reason to believe Syrian opposition sources which claim the regime is continuing to use chemical agents against the opposition. In the nine alleged aforementioned uses of chemical weaponry ten people are claimed to have been killed and hundreds affected.
Mr. Hollande has said that what has transpired is "much less significant than those in Damascus … but very deadly."
"Damascus" was clearly a direct reference to the August 2013 attack in Damascus that killed up to 1,400 people in a suburb of the war-torn capital. An attack that saw to the U.S, U.K and France threaten military action against Assad. An action that only France was actively readying to execute until, under U.S and U.K pressure, it relented at the last minute.
Hollande has stated that he does "not have the proof" of these recent attacks adding that, "What I do know is what we have seen from this regime is the horrific methods it is capable of using and the rejection of any political transition."
The Jerusalem Post writes that the Syrian regime and the opposition have traded accusations about an alleged chemical attack which transpired in the Hama provinces village of Kafr Zeita last April 12. The opposition claim that some residents suffered suffocation following the dropping on them from the Syrian Air Force of barrel bombs that allegedly contained toxic substances. The Syrian state media on the other hand accuses the al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra Front of perpetrating a chemical attack there.
Syria under Assad has possessed the largest stockpile in the world of chemicals such as Sarin and VX nerve agents. A Russian-brokered U.N. Security Council resolution that the U.S agreed to saw to Damascus agree to disarm itself of this stockpile. Apparently up to 80% of it has already been shipped out of the country.
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