Chemical Warfare in Syria

Is the Assad regime using chemical weapons against its own people? Have they crossed the famous ‘red line’ defined by Barack Obama? We went to Tripoli in north Lebanon and spoke to injured Syrian refuges and their doctors to find out.

The doctors treating 14 year old Syrian refuge Omar are convinced that chemical weapons are causing his mysteriously unhealed wounds. After surviving the bombing of Homs which claimed the lives of his parents in December and fleeing Omar has been treated in Lebanon. His horrific injuries are consistent with being gassed with sarin.

These revelations come as no surprise to former Syrian colonel Abou Daoud. He defected from the Syrian Ministry of defence and changed careers to emergency medicine but not before hearing a lot about the regimes real intentions. What he has to say about his former colleagues will turn your blood cold. The report hears both sides of the story, both pro and anti-Assad, including for the first time on camera a Hezbollah commander who flat out denies the use of these weapons.

On April 13th 2013 British paper the Times broke the international communities silence on the issue claiming the British intelligence services held proof that chemical weapons had been used. And then the French followed suit and finally the White House had to admit that the evidence indicated chemical weapons. So the red line has been crossed. What will happen next?


  • Year: 2013
  • Duration: 26 mins
  • Production: Sunset Presse
  • Director: Frederic Helbert
  • Available Versions: ENG, FRA
  • Country of production: France

Related Programs

82 Names: Syria Please Don’t Forget Us

’82 Names’ traces the journey of Mansour Omari, a survivor of torture and imprisonment in Syria. As Omari seeks to rebuild his life in exile and visits sites in Germany that memorialize the victims of the Holocaust, he reflects on how to bring attention to the brutal regime he escaped—and counter extremist ideology in the future.

More info

The Envoy : Inside Syria Peace Negotiations

During the months before the fall of Aleppo, we gained exclusive access to Staffan de Mistura, the UN’s special envoy for Syria and symbolic representative of the international community.

More info

Syria’s Disappeared: The Case against Assad

Tens of thousands of men, women and children have disappeared into secret detention centres in Syria since the protests began in 2011. Survivors allege crimes against humanity. They’re fighting to free those still detained and to prosecute the perpetuators at the very top of the regime.

More info