The authorities accuse the rebels in Damascus

Posted on August 24, 2013

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“An army unit encircles an area of ​​Jobar where terrorists have used chemical weapons,” said state television, noting several “asphyxia” cases among soldiers.
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Regime and rebels accused of using chemical weapons in the conflict in Syria, when the United States and the UN seeking to increase pressure respectively deploying military means and sending an envoy yesterday to accelerate the survey. After Russia, Iran, warned against a foreign military intervention in Syria, after also accused the rebels of using chemical weapons in combat Wednesday in the Damascus area. Given the increasing number of accusations and pending an investigation by the UN verification on site, U.S. President Barack Obama met his security team, an official speaking of “a range of options on the table “. Yesterday, the Syrian authorities have accused the rebels have used poison gas in the Jobar neighborhood on the outskirts of Damascus, to repel an army offensive that seeks to resume. “An army unit encircles an area of ​​Jobar where terrorists have used chemical weapons,” said state television, noting several “asphyxia” cases among soldiers. Three days earlier, the opposition accused the government of having carried out attacks with chemical weapons on rebel-held areas in the suburbs of Damascus, which the regime has denied. The opposition has reported more than 1,000 dead, but a Syrian NGO recorded 170 people in an attack to confirm the plan without resorting to chemical weapons. The charges of the plan coincided with the arrival in the capital of the High Representative of the UN Disarmament, Angela Kane, a week after the arrival of a team of ten UN experts. It tried yesterday in Damascus permission plan to dispatch UN experts to investigate allegations of attacks with chemical weapons, after Washington’s announcement of the deployment of military assets in case of intervention in Syria. The High Representative of the UN Disarmament, Angela Kane, arrived yesterday at mid-day in a big hotel in Damascus, without making any statements one week after the arrival of a team of ten UN experts . The spokesman for the UN in Damascus, Khaled al-Masri, declined to comment on the details of the visit of Mrs. Kane, responsible for negotiating the terms of an investigation into the alleged use of chemical weapons Syria. The mandate of the expert mission, led by Aake Sellström, arrived in Damascus on August 18, was limited to determining if chemical weapons had been used earlier this year in other cities. But after the new allegations of the opposition, the international community has requested that these experts can quickly go there to check. For its part, Iran, said yesterday that there was “evidence” that Syrian rebels had used chemical weapons and warned the U.S. against any “military intervention.” “We are very concerned about the information regarding the use of chemical weapons in Syria and we strongly condemn the use of such weapons. There is evidence that terrorist groups have carried out this action, “said Araqchi, spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Minister. “There is no international authorization for military intervention in Syria. We warn against any action or statement that would only create more tension in the region.
I hope that those responsible for the White House will show enough wisdom not to enter into such a dangerous tumult, “said Araqchi.

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