A video uploaded to YouTube by Syrian rebels on Saturday seems to indicate that Syrian President Bashar Assad is attacking opposition forces with chemical weapons.

The video is allegedly taken in a suburb of Aleppo, where Syria’s largest stockpile of chemical weapons is believed to be stored.

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London’s Sunday Times reported that Israeli commandos have infiltrated Syria with the mission of recording information about Assad’s weapons depots and the transportation of chemical weapons to new locations.

On Wednesday, the London Times reported that the US and other allies were considering launching military reprisals on Assad’s forces in response to the chemical weapons use.

Syria is believed to hold the world’s third largest chemical weapons hoard.

Assad’s forces have killed an estimated 42,000 people in the almost two years since Syria’s Arab Spring began.

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Malkah Fleisher is a graduate of Cardozo Law School in New York City. She is an editor/staff writer at JewishPress.com and co-hosts a weekly Israeli FM radio show. Malkah lives with her husband and two children on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.

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  1. Sarin is a nerve agent and doesn't cause skin injury. It is, however, untrue that all people exposed to sarin would be dead. In the Sarin attack on the Tokyo subway 13 people were killed, 50 severely injured and nearly 1000 people had temporary vision problems. As far as the effects of the mustard gas, you definitely would see skin burns and their appearance would be delayed. Medical treatment would be similar to that required by any conventional burn.

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