Syrian-American group says regime used chemical weapons in Homs

The Syrian American Council, the largest Syrian-American advocacy organization, recently condemned the Syrian government following unconfirmed reports that it used poisonous gas against opposition fighters in Homs.

The SAC called on U.S. President Barack Obama to take stronger actions to stop the killing in Syria and to help topple the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

"The Assad regime continued its daily massacres throughout Syria with an attack on a bakery in Hama that killed hundreds of people and a reportedly chemical weapons attack in Homs - Obama's 'red line' that has now been crossed," SAC President Talal Sunbulli said. "We call upon the Obama administration and the international community to take the necessary steps to stop the killing in Syria and help the revolutionaries topple the Assad regime."

The comments refer to an Al Jazeera report that seven people died in Homs after inhaling a poisonous gas in an opposition-held neighborhood. According to the report, activists and opposition fighters in the al-Bayyada neighborhood fell ill during and shortly after a battle with government forces.

Scores were affected by nausea, relaxed muscles, blurred vision and difficulty breathing. Residents of the area said they are unaware of the nature of the gas that was used, but a doctor treating victims said he believes it was most likely a concentrated form of tear gas, according to Al Jazeera.

"The situation is very difficult. We do not have enough facemasks. We don't know what this gas is but medics are saying it's something similar to Sarin gas," Raji Rahmet Rabbou, an activist in Homs, said, Al Jazeera reports.