Assad troops use killer gas bombs

Updated 27 December 2012
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Assad troops use killer gas bombs

Syrian troops have deployed bombs containing a killer gas while fighting rebels in the central city of Homs, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and activists said yesterday.
“Activists in Homs say that six rebels died on Sunday night on the Khaldiyeh-Bayada frontline because they inhaled odorless gas and white smoke,” said the Britain-based Observatory, which relies on a network of activists, lawyers and doctors to document Syria’s raging conflict.
“Gas spread in the area after regime troops threw bombs that gave off white smoke as soon as they hit the walls,” said the Observatory, which added that the bombs were deployed during street clashes with the rebels.
“Those who inhaled the gas felt nauseous and suffered severe headaches. Some suffered fits,” it added.
“These are not chemical weapons, but we do not know whether they are internationally prohibited,” Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP. “Activists say it is the first time they have recorded these effects,” he added. “They are not conventional weapons.”
The Observatory called on the International Committee of the Red Cross to urgently send a specialized medical team to Homs.


Israel to destroy Russian S-300 air defense system in Syria if attacked

Updated 21 min 55 sec ago
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Israel to destroy Russian S-300 air defense system in Syria if attacked

LONDON: Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman warned Tuesday that if Syria uses Russian-made air defense system against Israeli warplanes, then Tel Aviv will destroy them.
In an interview with Israel’s Ynet, Lieberman commented on the Russian plans to supply Damascus regime with improved air defense system.
“What’s important to us is that the defensive weapons the Russians are giving Syria won’t be used against us,” Lieberman Said. Israel Defense Minister warned Damascus that if they were to target Israeli planes Tel Aviv will retaliate and take out the S-300 supplied by Moscow.
“If they’re used against us, we’ll act against them.” Lieberman reiterated his country’s position not to interfere in Syria’s internal affairs, but he warned against Iran’s efforts to flood the country with advanced weapon systems that could be aimed at Israel.