Over 100 injured in gas attack in Aleppo

Minnie Murray
November 28, 2018

-Gen. Igor Konashenkov said in a statement, according to the Reuters news agency.

A leader of the National Liberation Front rebel group dismissed claims that chemical weapons were used, saying the coalition of insurgent forces does not possess poisonous gas.

Children try improvised gas masks in their home in Binnish in Syria's rebel-held northern Idlib province as part of preparations for any upcoming raids on September 12, 2018. Hospitals had discharged many patients. He said two people who were in critical condition have improved. State television showed footage of medical professionals treating men and women on hospital beds.

Syria's Arab News Agency, SANA, said the alleged chemical attack late Saturday was carried out by "terrorist groups positioned in Aleppo countryside" that fired shells containing toxic gases on three neighborhoods in Syria's largest city.

Since early morning the Assad regime and Iranian-backed groups have been shelling and firing rockets towards Idlib's Jarjanaz and al-Tamanah towns and Hama's al-Lataminah and Kafr Zita districts.

The projectiles landed in the al-Khalidiya neighbourhood, and wind caused gas to spread, Aleppo police chief Essam al-Shali told state television. Syrian state TV later said the attack has also hit two other areas in the city and said a total of 21 people had been injured. There are no deaths, al-Shali said.

"There are often missiles on the city but this is the first time we smelled something like this", the patient said without giving his name.

State TV later said government troops retaliated, hitting the source of the attack.

Regional head of health services Ziad Hajj Taha said it was a
Regional head of health services Ziad Hajj Taha said it was a"probable chlorine attack

A cease-fire in Aleppo and Idlib has been fraying in recent days.

"I should say that there are attacks from the rebels into that area, but it sounds unconvincing to me the whole thing", al-Khateeb told MEE.

However, shelling from the regime and the rebels has killed and injured dozens of civilians and militants, according to the Observatory.

Batal called it the first gas attack in Aleppo city in the conflict, which has raged for more than seven years.

"The Russian side intends to discuss this incident with the Turkish side as a guarantor of adherence to the cessation of hostilities by the armed opposition in Idlib de-escalation zone", Konashenkov said. He clarified that no one had died as a result of the suspected gas attack.

Chlorine has been used extensively in the Syrian conflict but always against rebel-held targets and usually by being dropped from planes or helicopters, to which the rebels do not have access. It said that the aim was to blame the Syrian government for chemical weapons attacks carried out by opposition forces. It also blamed Daesh (the so-called IS) militants for using mustard gas.

Rebel officials denied using chemical weapons and accused the Damascus government of trying to frame them.

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