The following report was made on the RT website today.
As yet, there has been no independent confirmation of the claims made on Syrian television.
“Syrian army soldiers have found chemical agents when they entered rebel tunnels in Damascus suburb of Jobar, Syrian TV reports, adding that some of them started suffocating.
Soldiers “entered the terrorists’ tunnels and saw chemical agents,” state television quoted a “news source” as saying. “In some cases, soldiers started suffocating while entering Jobar,” it said.
“Ambulances came to rescue the people who were suffocating,” it added.
The source added that army troops were preparing to storm the suburb where rebels are believed to be based, Reuters reports.
On Wednesday a gas attack in Damascus suburbs was reported by opposition activists. It allegedly killed anywhere between ‘dozens’ to ‘1,300’, according to conflicting reports.
Next day the UN inspectors requested access to the site “without delays” on Thursday in order to investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons in attacks in the country.
The Syrian government said that it was ready to engage in “maximum” cooperation with UN experts, according to Russia’s foreign ministry.
On Friday the Syrian opposition said they will ensure the safety of UN chemical weapons experts as they pass through rebel-controlled areas, adding that their successful arrival at the site of an alleged gas attack near Damascus within 48 hours was ‘critical.’
The UN investigative team entered the country last Sunday. Three weeks ago an agreement was reached with Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government regarding the three different locations that were to be examined by the mission. “
We hope that UN inspectors due to investigate the claims made by rebels that the Syrian government used sarin during Wednesday’s ‘attack’ will be able to find some evidence of the source.
With both the US and France ready to engage in military action against Syria, it is imperative that responsibility for the ‘attack’ is established as soon as possible, and that the information provided by the UN team is not misused by western governments (as it was in Iraq) to justify aggressive action.