DIY gas masks as Syria rebels remain wary
AN empty soda bottle, crushed
charcoal and cola-soaked gauze – Syrian rebels are scrambling to protect
against chemical attacks by regime forces by cobbling together DIY gas
masks from household items.
US President Barack Obama has renewed a warning to Damascus that
the use of chemical arms would cross a “red line” as evidence emerged
the deadly nerve agent sarin may have been used against the rebels.
Emerging allegations of likely chemical attacks by Assad’s regime
have stirred international outrage, piling pressure on Obama for a
“Should (the) evidence be confirmed as
conclusive and intervention of some type be supported by allies, the
Obama administration will need to respond… to this latest and most
egregious provocation by the Syrian regime,” said Mona Yacoubian, a
senior adviser for the Middle East at the Washington-based Stimson
“The allegations… certainly appear to cross a red line,” she told AFP.
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