Over 100 injured in ‘toxic gas attack’ by rebels in Aleppo

Over 100 injured in ‘toxic gas attack’ by rebels in Aleppo

Over 100 injured in ‘toxic gas attack’ by rebels in Aleppo

After the poisonous attack, the Syrian army targeted the rebels' positions in the countryside of Aleppo, hitting the areas from which the attack on the city was initiated, according to SANA.

Russian military spokesman Maj.

Photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA shows a man receiving treatment at a hospital following a suspected chemical attack on his town of al-Khalidiya, in Aleppo, Syria, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018.

In April 2017, more than 80 people were killed in a sarin attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun - an attack that prompted the United States to launch 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase.

The Russian Defence Ministry said its fighter jets launched airstrikes on militants it held responsible for a firing shells filled with chlorine gas at the city of Aleppo, Russian news agencies reported. The airstrikes were the first since the truce went into effect on September 17.

Syrian state media and a monitor reported that around 100 Syrians were hospitalised with breathing difficulties in Aleppo after an attack allegedly using "toxic gas".

Lama Fakih, from Human Rights Watch, said, "Serious reports of suspected chemical weapon attacks should not be left without investigation". Yet, leaders of rebel forces in Syria condemned the chemical attack and denied accusations of responsibility.

Some critics of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have cast doubt over the government's portrayal of the attack, questioning whether the alleged assault was a ploy by Damascus to gain global sympathy.

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"According to our preliminary information, confirmed in particular by symptoms of poisoning among the victims, the shells used to bombard residential areas of Aleppo were filled with chlorine [gas]" Maj.

Hajo says all but 15 of the 105 people who were treated have been discharged.

A doctor said the situation of the patients was stable, noting that a child had to be taken to the intensive care unit.

The shells spread a strong stench and caused dozens of people breathing problems on Saturday night in Aleppo, which is under state rule, a monitoring group said. Further tests are needed, he said. It also blamed Islamic State (IS) group for using mustard gas. Damascus has said an airstrike hit a chemical weapons depot in the rebel-held area.

The truce brokered by Russian Federation and Turkey has been repeatedly violated, but until Sunday there had been no airstrikes.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Konashenkov pointed to repeated warnings from Russian Federation that the so-called White Helmets volunteers in Idlib were staging chemical attacks in order to blame them on the Syrian government forces.

The groups - including the White Helmets, the Douma Coordination Committee and the Ghouta Media Center - said toxic gas inside barrel bombs dropped by helicopters over Douma caused people to suffocate and choke.

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