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August 23, 2013 11:32 am

Report: Israeli Arab Family Lost 18 Members in Alleged Chemical Bombing Massacre Near Damascus

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A young Syrian girl screams out after learning that her parents and family are dead, while she survived a suspected chemical weapons attack near Damascus that killed 1,300 people but left no wounds. Photo: Screenshot / Israel's Channel 2.

A young Syrian girl screams out after learning that her parents and family are dead, while she survived a suspected chemical weapons attack near Damascus that killed 1,300 people but left no wounds. Photo: Screenshot / Israel's Channel 2.

The Wakid family of the largely Arab city of Nazareth, in Northern Israel, lost 18 relatives in the suspected chemical bombing massacre, outside of Damascus, on Wednesday, Israel’s Channel 2 reported, citing  family member Ahmed Wakid, 55.

“It’s terrible that they were killed with chemical gas,” Ahmed said. “We do not know who to contact and what to do, this is just terrible – that such a large number of people were killed in one family,” he said, adding that the family will erect a mourning tent that will be open for three days, and that a sign with the names of those killed has been hung outside their home.

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Yesterday, Israeli officials corroborated the Syrian opposition’s claim that President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons on civilians in a Wednesday attack in eastern neighborhoods of Damascus that is reported to have killed more than 1,300 people. The victims were reported not to have any physical wounds, a tell tale sign that they died through inhalation.

The Assad regime “has already used chemical weapons several times” during the Syrian civil war, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said, according to Israeli daily Israel Hayom. “The death toll in Syria has now crossed the 100,000 mark. This is a struggle for life and death and there is no end in sight,” Ya’alon said.

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  • Esther Sarah Evans

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    Barukh Dayan HaEmet. Sincere condolences.

  • Richard English

    “Yesterday, Israeli officials corroborated the Syrian opposition’s claim that President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons on civilians in a Wednesday attack…”

    I wonder at the real reasons for such statements for they defy simple logic. Why would Assad be using chemical weapons near Damascus when (a) he’s winning the fight against the rebels and (b) he knows that to many in the USA, UK, etc the use of such weapons would be an excuse for military intervention???

    And beside, what advantage would there be for Israel in aiding in any way the Islamic fanatics who comprise the driving force of the so called rebels? These people would be more than happy to see every Jew in the region killed!
    Finally the video footage of the event show scenes that would be impossible if toxic chemical agents had been used. I mean to say, giving the ‘kiss of life’ to a victim of chemical weapons would result in the death of the supposed rescuer. Think about it!!!

  • alleged smeghed. The weapons have to be taken away

  • Bernard Ross

    Frankly, I dont trust the tossing around of over 100,000 dead. reminds me of jenin figures coming from the same “journalists”

  • E Pluribus Beagle

    Did the UN or EU blame the Jews yet? They will.

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