NIGHTWATCH: Syria Documents Rebel Chemical Capability

04 Inter-State Conflict, 05 Civil War, 07 Other Atrocities, 08 Proliferation, IO Deeds of War
The Syrian Arab Army seized 281 barrels with chemicals from insurgents at a farm in Banias, Tartus.
The Syrian Arab Army seized 281 barrels with chemicals from insurgents at a farm in Banias, Tartus.

Syria: According to Syria media, and reported by Xinhua, the Syrian armed forces discovered a factory for manufacturing and storing toxic chemical weapons inside a “terrorists'” hideout near Damascus.

An official source told the state news agency, SANA, that “the army unit seized amounts of toxic chemical materials, in addition to seizing chlorine substances in containers, some of them foreign-made, while others were Saudi-made (sic).”

The source said that the haul included weapons and scores of mortar shells which were prepared to be filled with chemical materials. SANA published a photo of the captured materials to accompany the report.

Foreign chemicals seized near Damascus. Some of the chemicals originate in Saudi-Arabia
Foreign chemicals seized near Damascus. Some of the chemicals originate in Saudi-Arabia

Comment: The published report did not identify which opposition group’s hideout was captured. This could be a media stunt, but in publishing photos, the government has made itself vulnerable to demands for independent verification. It would be easy to expose, if it is a hoax.

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