Syrians In Ghouta Claim Saudi Supplied Rebels Behind Chemical Attack
“My son came to me two weeks ago asking what I thought the weapons were that he had been asked to carry,” said Abu Abdel-Moneim, the father of a rebel fighting to unseat Assad, who lives in Ghouta.Abdel-Moneim said his son and 12 other rebels were killed inside of a tunnel used to store weapons provided by a Saudi militant, known as Abu Ayesha, who was leading a fighting battalion. The father described the weapons as having a “tube-like structure” while others were like a “huge gas bottle.”Ghouta townspeople said the rebels were using mosques and private houses to sleep while storing their weapons in tunnels. “They
didn’t tell us what these arms were or how to use them,” complained a
female fighter named ‘K.’ “We didn’t know they were chemical weapons. We
never imagined they were chemical weapons.”“When Saudi Prince Bandar
gives such weapons to people, he must give them to those who know how to
handle and use them,” she warned. She, like other Syrians, do not want
to use their full names for fear of retribution.A
well-known rebel leader in Ghouta named ‘J’ agreed. “Jabhat al-Nusra
militants do not cooperate with other rebels, except with fighting on
the ground. They do not share secret information. They merely used some
ordinary rebels to carry and operate this material,” he said.“We were
very curious about these arms. And unfortunately, some of the fighters
handled the weapons improperly and set off the explosions,” ‘J’ said.
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