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Russian Journalist: Armed Terrorists Used Chemical Weapons in Khan al-Assal

Jun 03, 2013 – Moscow – Correspondent of the Russia 24 channel, Anastasia Popova , stressed that the armed terrorist groups used chemical weapons in Khan al-Assal near Aleppo, dismissing the allegations of Western and regional countries which accuse the Syrian Army of using chemical weapons as a pretext to interfere in Syria.

In an interview with Russia Today website, Popova said that she saw the remains of homemade rockets which carried chemical materials in Khan al-Assal.

She stressed that the inhabitants confirmed to her that the when the rockets struck, they were accompanied by emissions of smoke and strong smell and caused the contamination of the land, the injury of a number of people, and killed a number of animals.

Popova said that medical sources in Aleppo told her that most of the injuries were the caused by chlorine and Sarin gas, adding that a chemicals experts from Aleppo University stressed that respiratory disorders in some cases were caused by chlorine gas, with most of the injured passing away in hospitals due to suffocation, while others’ motor functions were affected as is seen in cases of exposure to Sarin gas.

Popova wrote a report last March on the situation in Aleppo where she reported the citizens’ testimonies on the criminal practices and acts committed by the armed terrorist groups in the area against the citizens and their properties.

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