As if the civil war had not caused too much devastation already, news has emerged that chemical weapons are now being used in Syria.
According to Syria’s State News Agency (SANA), the death toll has been reported to be 25. It is considered as a strategically important town and both sides of the conflict, Bashar al-Assad regime forces and the rebels, are blaming each other for the incident.
Some news reports have even confirmed the attack saying that a banned chemical agent was used in the attack. The accusations, allegations once officially confirmed, will take the Syrian conflict to another level that can have grave consequences.
A senior Israeli Intelligence official Yuval Steinitz has also said that it is “apparently clear” chemical weapons were used in the attack and that this would be the main topic of conversation while visiting U.S. President Barack Obama. Syria had been previously warned against the deployment of chemical weapons by the U.S.
A Reuters photographer visited hospitals in Aleppo and said that the victims he mostly saw there were children and women. They had been suffocating in the streets and the air smelled strongly of chlorine.
The use of the suspected lethal chemical weapon Sarin gas can cause paralysis and respiratory failure. It attacks the nerves and is the most toxic and rapidly acting of the known chemical warfare agents.
If the reports are confirmed, there will be a possible military action by the U.S. and Israel as well amid fears that these chemical weapons can also be supplied to Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant group. This would definitely make things worse for Syria and the civil unrest may turn into a full blown war. It will ultimately result in the final destruction of the country because it has already suffered a lot during the ongoing conflict.
Here are some photos of the victims: