DAMASCUS, SYRIA –At least 50 civilians were treated on Saturday after a suspected poisonous attack by Syrian rebel groups in…
DAMASCUS, SYRIA –
At least 50 civilians were treated on Saturday after a suspected poisonous attack by Syrian rebel groups in the state of Aleppo, in the northern part of the country, according to reports in Syrian state media.
Most of those enrolled in hospitals had breathing difficulties and blurred vision, the doctor told the state television. One doctor said two were in critical condition, including one child. State television showed imagery of healthcare professionals who treated men and women in hospital beds.
There was a stench of gas in Aleppo City after projectiles fired, said Rami Abdurrahman, head of Britain’s based Syrian observatory for human rights.
Rebel forces and opposition figures rejected government reports, denied that they had labs in Aleppo and accused Damascus of attempting to undermine an existing ceasefire and efforts to kickstart political talks. Earlier Saturday, the government’s shelling of a rebel-based area in nearby Idlib province killed at least seven civilians.
In Aleppo, the local governor Hussein Diab visited the injured in the hospital. He told the state television that 41
people had been adopted and accused rebels of using poisonous gas in the missiles as they lobbed in the Aleppo district.
The health function Haj Taha later said that the number of injured were up to 50 and added that the symptoms suggested that the gas used was chlorine. Additional tests are needed, he said.
The projectiles landed in the al-Khalidiya district, and the wind caused gas to spread, the police chief Aleppo, Essam al-Shali, told the state television. State television later said that the gas hit two other areas of the city. There are no deaths, said al-Shali.
A patient said that an ugly smell filled the air when the projectiles were lobbed.
“There are often missiles in the city, but this is the first time we smelled such a smell,” said the patient without giving his name.
State television later said that government forces resumed and poked the attack. It did not work out.
Fire in Aleppo and Idlib has become crazy in recent days. Aleppo has come under rebel attack in recent weeks, with missiles falling into town. The government has responded with counterattack on rebel-based areas in the Aleppo countryside.
Earlier Saturday, rescue workers and the Syrian observatory for human rights said state shells landed in Jarjanaz, a rebel city in Idlib Province, who beat students as they left their school. The scaling killed eight, including six children, according to the civil defense team in the opposition area.
The opposition fighters have no chemical weapons or means to let them, the rebel commander Abdel-Salam Abdel-Razek, say. On Twitter, he accused the government of postponing the attack to hit the rebels.
Rebell’s spokesman Musafa Sejari said the government was trying to undermine the fire.
In the absence of independent monitors, it is difficult to confirm details of gas attacks. However, both sides of the conflict have accused each other during the war of using poison gas.
A federal law of the United Nations and the Chemical Weapons Organization condemned the Syrian government to use chlorine gas in at least two attacks in 2014 and 2015 and the nerve agent sang in an attack in April 2017 in the city of Khan Sheikhoun who killed about 100 people. The United States launched a series of strikes on Syrian government services in retaliation for the attack in Khan Sheikhoun.
The UN OPCW team also accused the Islamic state extremist group of using mustard gas twice in 2015 and 2016.
The government accused rebels of using gas in a 2013 attack on Khan al-Assal, a city southwest about Aleppo city, which killed 25 people.