Syrian Regime Hits Aleppo with Chlorine Bombs; Dozens Hospitalized
Sep 21 2016 by Desiree Burns
Accusations involving use of chlorine and other poisonous gases are not uncommon in Syria's civil war, and both sides have repeatedly denied using them while blaming the other for using it as a weapon of war. 'It is a crowded neighborhood'.
"We have received reliable information concerning the use of chlorine gas in Sheikh Maqsoud neighbourhood of Aleppo city, particularly at the beginning of April, on the 5th, with various people being taken to hospital for chlorine gas inhalation symptoms".
The group will use all available means to investigate the allegations of toxic gas use in the attack and submit the findings to members states of the Chemical Weapons Convention, said. But now that the Syrian government has succeeded in surrounding Aleppo entirely, it is unclear whether the forces loyal to Assad would be prepared to accept terms that would impede their ability to continue to attack the rebels, even if the United States and Russian Federation were to agree.
A suspected chlorine gas attack on an opposition-held neighbourhood in the Syrian city of Aleppo caused dozens of cases of suffocation on Tuesday, rescue workers and a monitoring group said. In extremely high doses, chlorine can be fatal.
Chlorine gas allegedly was dropped about 1 p.m. local time Tuesday in barrel bombs from a helicopter, according to another Aleppo Media Center activist who attended the aftermath of the blast.
Aleppo province has witnessed attacks ranging from air strikes, barrel bombs and mortar attacks during Syria's war.
Thursday's push tightens the government's siege imposed on rebel-held parts of the city and endangers talks between Russian Federation and the United States for a possible Aleppo cease-fire.
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Volunteer emergency workers say people suffered breathing difficulties after an attack on the Sukari area.
Worldwide inspectors issued a report last month saying government forces and Islamic State militants had each carried out chemical attacks.
The Syrian government has always denied using chemical weapons.
Meanwhile, while meeting in Hangzhou, China for the G-20 summit, President Obama and Vladimir Putin of Russia-a key ally of Assad-failed to reach a cease-fire agreement.
After recapturing al-Ramouseh, a southern suburb of Aleppo, the army has seized back all the territories lost to the rebels in August, and controlled the old road leading to the city of Aleppo, the source said on condition of anonymity.
Kalin told private broadcaster NTV on Tuesday that the initial plan was for a 48-hour ceasefire.
Last month, opposition forces managed to break the crippling blockade on several districts of Aleppo.