- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Rebels’ Damascus Military Council reported a nerve-gas attack in the Harasta area of Damascus on March 28, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Several credible news outlets released similar reports with casualty numbers ranging from several dozen injured to up to three dead from asphyxiation, the Journal reported.

The opposition’s Local Coordination Committees reported another chemical attack in the Jobar district on April 3, as Bashar al-Assad’s forces began an offensive operation to seize the area from the rebels.

Videos have been making the rounds on social media claiming to depict alleged deaths and injuries from the attacks and an Israeli official told the Haaretz newspaper on April 7 that Jerusalem had “strong evidence pointing to the use of chemical materials in the Harasta neighborhood of eastern Damascus on March 27.”

The Syrian opposition sent a letter to the United National demanding an inquiry citing what they called credible evidence, but to no avail according to the Journal’s report.

The U.N. Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has been rooted in Syria to oversee the September 2013 disarmament agreement sponsored by Russia and the United States.

It is highly unlikely that the Syrian rebels are fabricating the chemical weapons, as there is no credible evidence to suggest they have the materials or artillery to mount such weapons, the Journal reported.

It is likely that the Assad regime is responsible for the localized attacks even though the majority of its chemical weapon production and mixing facilities were destroyed by the OPCW.

The regime was named as the perpetrator of chemical attacks between March and August 2013, but it wasn’t until the large-scale attack in Eastern Ghouta on August 21 produced overwhelming evidence of chemical warfare that the international media began to report on the events and mobilization efforts began.

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