Syria’s military has begun stockpiling chemical weapons and equipping its soldiers with gas masks near the rebel city of Homs, opposition sources reported on Thursday.
Opposition activists said they had received reports that the Syrian army had transferred a significant quantity of grenades and mortars containing chemical agents to a school building in Homs.
The opposition also reported that gas masks were being distributed to soldiers at roadblocks.
Homs has become the focal point of violent confrontations between insurgents and the country’s military in recent days, and opposition figures are concerned that the moves could signal the regime’s intention to use chemical weapons against its citizens.
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