BREAKING. Poison gas sprayed in Homs, seven dead, activists say

Al Jazeera Syria live blog

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.

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  • Facemasks won’t be enough if it’s Sarin.

    It’s hard to say, but the videos don’t suggest Sarin symptoms. The breathing problems suggest crowd control gases.

    Also, if it’s Sarin, the responders aren’t protected anywhere near enough. If it’s Sarin, they’ll develop symptoms too.

  • Interesting that this happened in Homs. That’s supposedly where one of their primary production and storage sites is. One of the thorniest analytical issues we’re dealing with – quite apart from whether it really happened – is whether it was a deliberate regime release or a false flag by rebel forces. They’re not stupid and they have – if they were to manage to get their hands on materiel – the capability.

  • Reuters: Israel says has no proof poison gas used in Syria:

    “We have seen reports from the opposition. It is not the first time. The opposition has an interest in drawing in international military intervention,” Vice Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon said on Army Radio.

    “As things stand now, we do not have any confirmation or proof that (chemical weapons) have already been used, but we are definitely following events with concern,” he said.

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