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Syrian opposition representative to “Israeli” TV: Satisfied with encouraging strike

Syrian opposition representative to “Israeli” TV: Satisfied with encouraging strike

Al Manar

(See video in original source) The “Israeli” channel 2 hosted on Sunday the representative of the “armed opposition” in Syria, and particularly in the city of Homs.

The man, who identified himself as Hassan Ristnawi, called the channel to express his joy and delight with the “Israeli” aggression against his country.
He further pointed out that “the Syrian opposition” is so much satisfied.

“Recently the Syrian regime escalated its attacks against us [the so-called Free Syrian Army],” he said, and noted that “the whole world is watching what is happening without moving.”

However, according to Ristnawi, “the “Israeli” attacks were very encouraging.”

“The “Israeli” strike delighted the hearts of opposition fighters on the ground and provided the FSA with spirits after its members suffered despair,” he told the “Israeli” channel.

Meanwhile, the Syrian opposition spokesman in Homs was keen on confirming that he is well aware that he was speaking to the “Israeli” television.

“Shalom to everyone with you,” he ended his conversation.

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UN: Syrian Militants Used Deadly Sarin Gas

Al Manar

Syrian militants have made use of the deadly nerve agent sarin in their war-torn country’s conflict, UN human rights investigator Carla del Ponte has said.

“According to the testimonies we have gathered, the rebels have used chemical weapons, making use of sarin gas,” del Ponte, a former war crimes prosecutor, said in an interview with Swiss radio late on Sunday.

“We still have to deepen our investigation, verify and confirm (the findings) through new witness testimony, but according to what we have established so far, it is at the moment opponents of the regime who are using sarin gas,” she added.

She stressed that the UN commission of inquiry on Syria, which she is a part of, had far from finished its investigation.

Sarin is a powerful neurotoxin developed by Nazi scientists in the 1930s. Originally developed as a pesticide, sarin was used to deadly effect in the 1988 raid on the Kurdish village of Halabja in northern Iraq. A Japanese cult also used sarin in two attacks in the 1990s.

The gas works by being inhaled or absorbed through the skin and kills by crippling the nervous system.

Symptoms include nausea and violent headaches, blurred or tunnel vision, drooling, muscular convulsions, respiratory arrest, loss of consciousness and then death, according to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. In high doses, sarin paralyses the muscles around the lungs and prevents chemicals from “switching off” the body’s secretions, so victims suffocate or drown as their lungs fill with mucus and saliva. Even a tiny dose of sarin — which, like other nerve gases such as soman, tabun and VX, is odourless, colourless and tasteless — can be deadly if it enters the respiratory system, or if a drop comes into contact with the skin.

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