‘Chemical warfare’ plunges Syria to new lows

Recent reports of limited chemical warfare in Syria come amid a new government offensive against the rebels. The fog of war, which has thickened in the last weeks, makes it difficult to say who is winning, and a large-scale international intervention still appears distant, meaning that the violence that has claimed more than 70,000 lives in just over two years (a recent average of 150-200 a day) is only set to plunge to further horrors.

The latest claims of chemical weapons use state that a woman and two children were killed in a poison gas attack in the northern city of Aleppo on Saturday. Several other such incidents were reported recently, with the rebels and the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accusing each other of perpetrating the attacks. We may not know the full truth for some time to come, even though a United Nations team tasked with investigating these claims has been standing by and hoping to obtain permission to enter the country for at least a week now.

Victor Kotsev

Asia Times Online

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