Syrian regime claims rebels used chemical weapons in attack
War of words after deadly blast
- Duration 3:36
- Date Mar 19, 2013
War of words after deadly blast
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-- that assault weapons ban.
Both sides in Syria now accusing the other of using chemical weapons.
A development that would be an enormous and devastating turn of events in that war torn country.
The government claims rebel groups use the weapons in an attempt that reportedly killed more than two dozen people.
The rebels deny they claim it was in fact the regime that launched the attack.
But after more than two years of each side leveling accusations of murder and torture and increasingly desperate ploys for support from world powers.
It's really impossible to know who to believe.
The regime -- the chemical attack happened outside series' largest city of -- left well.
Syrian state media showed this video and reported it shows some of the wounded.
But the people here do not -- any signs of any chemical warfare no visible blisters convulsions discolored skin and so forth.
Today the White House cast doubt on that government claim but the White House issued a stern warning nonetheless.
The possibility of chemical weapons -- remains a great concern.
You heard president from this podium.
When he said quote the use of chemical weapons is -- would be totally unacceptable.
And his warning to the Syrian regime the quote there will be consequences and you will be held accountable.
Well proof of a chemical attack could have enormous implications for US policy when it comes to the Syrian civil war.
More on the administration's so called red line in the sand ahead but first The Fox Report chief correspondent Jonathan -- is live -- our -- hard to see how this would benefit the rebels.
Yet the Syrian government accusation would be that the rebels would carry at this kind of attack.
I had to provoke international sympathy.
And bring about more direct west and intervention.
Frankly US officials on buying that very -- think -- all likely.
This was an attack carried out by the Syrians then not -- -- on whether this was chemical weapons but US officials and on the Syrian opposition themselves say they he simply -- not in a position to carry out what the Syrian government says they did listen.
The rebels don't have access kind of irrelevant and they don't happen.
That he's watching these chemical weapons had simply put it chemical weapons were used and that's -- big and we're still trying to investigate that.
But -- these chemical weapons where -- that is the Syrian government.
These chemical and then would have used them against civilian population.
Bottom line here -- US officials believe that an attack didn't play take place today it was probably a scud missile.
And it was almost certainly launched -- Syrian forces but they do not.
Yet have -- definitive evidence of a chemical element to that attack all right even if no chemical attack there are great fears that one could be in the future.
Yes clearly US officials are becoming increasingly -- concerned that.
-- president and a sad.
Cornered desperate may turn to these sort of chemical weapons.
Now if and it -- you are today it is a big if but if any chemical weapon was used today unlikely that it was salary and all mustard gas some of the more lethal ones schedule -- the chemicals according to the chemical weapons convention.
More likely according to some witnesses.
It was chlorine that was according to at least one witness a smell of chlorine in the -- but that is only a scheduled three.
Chemical weapon that could provide wiggle room -- western governments talking about red lines is -- Jonathan Hunt in our newsroom in New York.