Aleppo: A stockpile of gas masks was discovered by the rebels in Syria, likely to be distributed amongst members of President Bashar-al-Assad’s regime in case it unleashes chemical weapons in its ongoing civilian assault, Al-Arabiya reported on Wednesday.
The claim was made by the Free Syrian Army’s Abu Dujana brigade in an amateur video obtained by Al-Arabiya, showing resistance fighters uncovering the large stash in what appears to be a government building in a suburb of Aleppo.
“The use of chemical weapons requires gas masks to protect the Shabbiha and supporters of this criminal regime. As we can see, this is only part of the large amount found in one government building in Deir Hafir. These amounts exist in all government buildings and all Baathist buildings.”
It is to be mentioned here that both United States and United Kingdom have warned the Syrian regime to avoid using chemical weapons against rebels.
According to Independent estimates, more than 20,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in the country since the popular uprising began against the President Assad.