Syria: “Poison Gas” Attacks Near Damascus & in Hama Province

UPDATED FEATURE: Chemical Warfare — Regime Uses Chlorine Gas on Kafrzita in Hama Province

Activists and opposition groups, supported by footage, claim that Syria’s military used “poison gases” on Friday in attacks near Damascus and in Hama Province.

The Local Coordination Committees claimed six people had been killed in the attacks. Multiple videos show victims being treated.

Harasta, Near Damascus

The opposition Syrian National Coalition denounced the Harasta attack. It said the assault followed other uses of the gas near Damascus — including Darayya, Harasta, and Jobar — in the past two weeks, and declared, “The international community has a moral duty to voice its rejection of this crime and indeed take immediate firm steps to restrain a regime that is prepared to use all kinds of conventional and unconventional weapons to cling to power.”

Claimed footage of victims:

Sources have said that the Syrian military might be using a mix of diluted chemical toxins and tear gas.

Assad forces have been pursuing an offensive this month to clear insurgent-held areas near Damascus, with heavy fighting and airstrikes reported in Jobar and in part of East Ghouta.

Kafrzita in Hama Province

Syrian State media has acknowledged the use of chemical weapons in Kafrzita, but has blamed the Islamist faction Jabhat al-Nusra Front.

State outlets said chlorine gas killed two people and injured more than 100.

They claimed Jabhat al-Nusra was planning chemical attacks against the Wadi Deif area in Idlib Province in northwest Syria, as well as another area in Hama.

Videos showed claimed victims after a “yellow-tinged cloud” from an airstrike on Kafrzita in Hama Province:

The scene after the airstrike:

Victims being treated after attack:

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.



    “I don’t believe it. I trust Putin’s word, always have and always will and I don’t want to know.”

    • Ramzjoo,

      Nice propaganda move by al-Jafari as regime was pursuing ground offensive near Damascus — and possibly using “poison gas” in support of it.


      • It would be absolutely insane for Assad to use chemical weapons right now…and completely unnecessary. But, if this was a chemical weapons attack, it would be the last opportunity for the rebels to try and trigger a military intervention on their behalf.

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