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        12/25/2012, Tevet 12, 5773

      Former Top Syrian Official: Assad Used Chemical Weapons


      According to a former top official in Assad's army, the Syrian government has used chemical weapons on its own civilians. 

      Abdel Aziz al-Shalal, a Syrian army police chief who defected from Assad's army and joined the rebel forces, claimed that, "The Syrian regime used chemical weapon in the Homs region."

      Shalal told Sky News that "Assad's army has turned into a cluster of gangs that kill, destroy and slaughter our own people," adding that "There's a great chance that there will be many deaths in the near future."