Rebels: Syria Dropped Chemical Weapons on Us
Opposition says hundreds dead as regime denies use of toxic gas
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 21, 2013 5:43 AM CDT
Updated Aug 21, 2013 7:59 AM CDT
UN weapons inspectors arrive in Damascus on the weekend.   (AP Photo/AP Video)

(Newser) – Syrian opposition groups say hundreds of people—Reuters says nearly 500—were killed today in chemical weapons attacks on rebel-held suburbs of Damascus. Videos uploaded to YouTube by activists show people, including many children, being treated in makeshift hospitals, reports the BBC, which has been unable to fully verify the videos but believes they are genuine. The videos show some victims having convulsions, while others appear to be having difficulty breathing.

The country's state-run news agency calls reports of the use of toxic gas "baseless" and accuses the rebels of trying to distract United Nations weapons inspectors who arrived in the country over the weekend. "We thought this regime would not use chemical weapons, at least these days with the presence of the UN inspectors," an activist who witnessed the aftermath of the attack and believes the death toll is in the hundreds tells the New York Times. "It is reckless. The regime is saying, 'I don’t care.'"

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HANKHILL
Aug 21, 2013 1:27 PM CDT
awwwwwwwwwww geeeeeeeeeeeee!
19_56_19_55
Aug 21, 2013 12:51 PM CDT
I hate to say it but I believe there are more terrorist fighting Assad than the actual Syrian people and I don't believe most of what the rebels say. I do believe the Muslim Brotherhoodlums & Hezbollah al-Qaeda and other terrorist are taking over the fight and getting innocent people killed by the regime. If Assad is killing terrorist with chemicals oh well don't pick a fight with a mad man that has chemical weapons. Just proves my point even more that the middle east is the puckered asshole of the earth.
Crotalus
Aug 21, 2013 11:58 AM CDT
The people of the USA are being poisoned in a different way, none the less just as deadly. Our congress and senate no longer represent the people of the United States. they represent the middle east, china, big banks, big business and the special interest groups(who are the people who really run Washington) and the wall street trash. they have not represented the American people for more than 40 years, and the people are slowly dying from the result of this. Our country is in shambles and our infrastructure is crumbling all around us, but our war mongering government can afford to spend more than a billion dollars a month in Afghanistan supporting and propping up their economy. think about it people.